Legal

The InvestRight.org website is provided by the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC). Our goal at the BCSC is to provide information to BC investors to help them avoid investment scams and make informed investment decisions.

Terms of Use

Disclaimer

We aim to provide you with information that is up-to-date, accurate, and reliable. We do not make any warranty or assume any legal liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information, software, and graphics on this website.

Privacy

The BCSC is committed to protecting your privacy through responsible privacy management practices. We manage and protect personal information according to provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Securities Act, and BCSC policies.

Detailed information about our privacy practices are available in the BCSC InvestRight privacy policy.

Copyright

The information, software, and graphics on our website are either copyrighted by the BCSC, provided with the permission of the owner of the intellectual property rights, or believed to be in the public domain.

You may reproduce information for personal, professional, and educational use. Please exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the information you reproduce, and identify BCSC InvestRight as the source. You may not reproduce information for the purpose of commercial redistribution, except with our written permission.

Linking

We provide links to other websites that are not under our control. We do this as a convenience and for reference only. We do not endorse, recommend, or accept any responsibility for the content of websites not under our control.

You may link to our website subject to these terms and conditions:

  • You may link to, but must not replicate, our content on your website.
  • You must either transfer visitors full screen to our website or launch our website in a new browser window. Our content must not appear in the frames of other pages, nor be accompanied in any way by third-party information that may imply our affiliation with, or endorsement of, the third-party site or their frame.
  • You must not use our logo.

If you wish to reproduce information on our website for commercial purposes, or to obtain a copy of our logo for linking purposes, please email BCSC Inquiries.

Privacy Policy

The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) is committed to protecting your privacy through responsible privacy management practices. We manage and protect personal information according to provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act , the Securities Act , and BCSC policies.

How We Collect, Use & Release Personal Information

We collect, use, and release personal information through lawful and fair practices. We limit our collection and retention of personal information to what we need to administer the Securities Act and BCSC programs and services, and to fulfill our obligations under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Information Management Act.

Website Visitors

Collection

Each time you visit our website, we automatically record some information including your computer’s IP address, the date and time of your visit, and the web pages and online services you accessed.

We do not use persistent cookies (computer files stored on your computer that could contain personal information). We may use sessional cookies to help you interact with our websites; these do not store personal information and only exist when you are actively using our websites.

Use

We use statistical software to analyze activity on our websites to help us assess, manage, and improve our services. We do not analyze the website usage of individual people, companies, or domains.

Release

We will not disclose your information to other organizations without your knowledge and consent, except in limited cases where we have the legal authority or obligation to do so.

We may share your information with other law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and financial regulators, without your knowledge or consent, under the authority of the Securities Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. These agencies are generally subject to similar requirements to safeguard your information.

We will release information to comply with a court order.

People may request your personal information under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We will not release your personal information without your consent if doing so would represent an unreasonable invasion of your personal privacy. We act in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and decisions of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC.

How We Keep Your Information Secure and Accurate

Accurate Collection

We make every reasonable effort to keep your information accurate and up-to-date. Whenever possible, we take in your information exactly as provided and avoid re-keying data. 

Periodically we may ask you to verify your personal information and provide you with an opportunity to update or correct it.

You may request access to our records that include your personal information; you may also request corrections to your personal information.

Secure Retention

We use reasonable physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to protect your personal information.

We have a business continuity plan that includes regular backups of your electronic information and storage offsite. We are capable of recovering an accurate copy of your personal information in an emergency.

Protected Transmission

When we receive your information online, we use secure servers.

Appropriate Disposal

We maintain and dispose of our records according to requirements in the Information Management Act. We have information schedules that manage the lifecycle of our records. We send records with enduring value to the BC Archives for permanent retention. We securely destroy documents to ensure obliteration.

Social Media Policy

BCSC InvestRight’s social media pages are monitored and moderated. We post, like, share, and retweet content that we feel will help better inform the financial services industry and investors.

Examples of the content you can expect to find are:

  • BCSC news releases, investor alerts and warnings, and speeches
  • Photos and videos from events and advertising campaigns
  • Links to relevant media articles, and blog or social media posts (eg. retweets)
  • Weekly reports, job postings, and website notifications
  • Various content from other securities regulators and government agencies
  • Reponses to questions and comments from the public

Social Media Channels as a Source of Official Policy

Information posted to these channels should not be considered as the authoritative source of guidance from the BCSC or Canadian Securities Administrators. Please refer to the BCSC’s website for official updates.

Following, Liking, & Linking

We follow, friend, and like stakeholders and partners, members of the media, and individuals.  A link, follow, or like does not imply an endorsement of any kind.

We retweet, like, comment, and blog about material that we deem of interest to our audiences. These actions should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the originator, the content they post, or of any organization the content refers to.

Replies, Comments, & Questions

We monitor and moderate our social media pages. The BCSC does not reply individually to comments received through its social media sites. Comments may be read and any emerging themes or helpful suggestions may be passed to the relevant staff in the BCSC.

We cannot engage in political issues or answer questions that break the rules of our Code of Conduct.

The BCSC reserves the right to remove and/or block anyone who posts inappropriate material as determined by the BCSC.

The BCSC reserves the right to remove comments that are:

  • Anonymous
  • Vulgar, abusive, or offensive
  • Personal attacks
  • Product promotions, advertising, or spam
  • Encourage illegal activity
  • Stock recommendations or promotions
  • Unsupported accusations
  • Off-topic
  • Confidential information, such as ongoing investigations or confidential filings
  • Unintelligible or irrelevant
  • Not authored by the sender

We do not post questions from the media or answer media questions via social media. We ask members of the media to send questions to BCSC’s media relations here.

We will not process complaints received on our social media channels. Please report suspicious activity to us through our Report Fraud or Misconduct page or by contacting BCSC Inquiries directly.

Accessibility of Social Media Platforms

Social media platforms are third-party service providers and are not bound by Government of Canada standards for Web accessibility.

If you have difficulty accessing content on our social media accounts, please contact us and we will try to solve the problem or provide you with the information in a different format.

Questions

If you have questions about our social media policies, please email us at [email protected], or call 1-800-373-6393.