Privacy Statement

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 Thank you for visiting the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development web site and reviewing our privacy policy. We will not collect personal information about you when you visit our web site unless you choose to provide that information to us. By visiting the web site, you are accepting the policies and practices described in this Statement. This Statement covers the following topics.

Information Collected and How It is Used
Information collected in E-mail and Forms
Automatic Collection of Information/Cookies
Links to Other Sites
For More Information

Information Collected and How It is Used

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the web site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used, but not the e-mail address. The Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier either to your internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol address to direct internet traffic to you and generate statistics used in the management of this site.
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you access our site;
  4. The pages you visit;
  5. If you linked to the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development web site from another web site, the address of that web site; and
  6. If you downloaded a form, the form that was downloaded
We use this information to help us make our site more useful for visitors - to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits. We make no attempt to link other web sites with the individuals that browse the department's web site.

Information Collected in E-mail and Forms

If you choose to provide us with personal information - as in an e-mail to someone else, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our web site - we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested.

Any personal information that we ask you to provide via our web site is collected in compliance with the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. We collect only what is necessary for the operation of the web site and the provision of requested materials or services to you. The information is used only for the purpose it was collected or for a consistent purpose. Further, we keep the information only for the length of time necessary to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected.

We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. We only share the information you give us with another government department if your inquiry relates to that department.

Automatic Collection of Information/Cookies

This web site uses "cookies." Cookies are small amounts of information that are distributed to web browsers to assist you when you return to this site or a specific area on the site. Cookies are used here to maintain your customized view of the web site. The cookies created on your computer by this web site do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security. If you have concerns about this, you can change the settings on your web browser to not accept this information or display warning messages when this is about to occur. If you turn your cookie option off, you may not be able to access some features on our web site.


For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Links to Other Sites

This web site contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the content and the privacy practices of other web sites and encourage you to examine each site's privacy policy and disclaimers and make your own decisions regarding the accuracy, reliability and correctness of material and information found.

For More Information

For more information about any of the policies described above or about our web site in general, please contact us:

By e-mail:
By telephone: 780-427-2101
By fax: 780-427-2861
For more information about the content of this document, contact Stacey Tames.
This information published to the web on March 18, 2002.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 18, 2012.