- Identifying Purposes
- Limited Collection
- Limited Use, Disclosure, and Retention
- Individual Access
- Challenging Compliance
Personal information is information about an identified or identifiable individual. Personal information may include such information as your name, email address, mailing address, financial information, birth date, and other information about you collected electronically, in person or by telephone.
Personal Information Protection Principles
ENOVA is accountable for the protection of all personal information within the organization’s possession or control, including any personal information that has been transferred to a third party for regulatory, legal or processing purposes. ENOVA will require a comparable level of protection of this information from its third party relations.
301 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4L2
Attention: Privacy Officer
2. Identifying Purposes
When an individual applies for service, ENOVA will make the individual aware of the purposes for which ENOVA is requesting the personal information. If ENOVA identifies other purposes for which the personal information may be used, ENOVA will seek the individual’s consent prior to such use. ENOVA will advise that it is the individual’s right to refuse permission for ENOVA to use personal information for any new purposes.
Personal information that ENOVA collects from customers includes:
- the customer’s name and address and other contact information, such as telephone numbers, email address;
- the meter number;
- facts about consumption of power, both historic and current;
- information about a customer’s transactions with us, such as account numbers, account balances, payment history;
- credit and reference information, such as date of birth, employment information, driver’s license, previous addresses, and general financial information;
- medical information to be used in case of emergency power outages; and
- bank information for pre-authorized payments.
Additional purposes for collecting personal information may be identified to an individual before or at the time of collection. However, at a minimum ENOVA will collect personal information for the following purposes:
- To verify the customer’s identity;
- To monitor and assess quality of service (for example, ENOVA may monitor and/or record telephone communication with you for quality assurance and training purposes;
- To determine the customer’s eligibility for products or services;
- To provide the customer with continuous electric service and to bill the customer for that service;
- To assist us in updating the customer’s creditworthiness and the collection of accounts;
- For pre-authorized payments for services;
- For priority restoration of electric service to the correct address and meter, as may be required by medical circumstances;
- To respond to the customer’s inquiries about energy use and billing;
- To prevent fraud with respect to both the customer and our company;
- To meet legal, regulatory and settlement requirements.
The knowledge and consent of an individual are generally required for the collection, use, disclosure of personal information and ENOVA will seek to obtain consent before, or when it collects, uses or discloses personal information about an individual. An individual can provide consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information about them expressly or implicitly. However, ENOVA will collect, use or disclose personal information without an individual’s knowledge and consent only in limited circumstances and as permitted by law, such as in the case of an emergency where the life, health or security of an individual is threatened. Subject to certain legal and contractual restrictions and reasonable notice, an individual can refuse or withdraw their consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information about them at any time.
All existing customers will be informed of what types of personal information have been collected, the purpose for the collection and the procedures available for contacting ENOVA with any inquiries. All new customers will be provided with a consent form and an accompanying explanation about the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information when requesting service.
4. Limiting Collection
ENOVA limits the amount and type of personal information it collects to that which is necessary for the business of the utility and as permitted by law. Each affiliate of ENOVA will be responsible for its own collection, use and disclosure of information. Personal Information will be collected using procedures that are fair, transparent and lawful.
5. Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention
ENOVA will only use the personal information for the purpose for which it was collected as identified in Principle #2, unless consent is given by the individual to use or disclose it for another purpose or as is required by law. ENOVA will develop explicit retention periods for closed accounts, after which the personal information will be destroyed, erased, or made anonymous.
Our billing, settlement and regulatory relationship with third parties are governed by our license and regulatory codes that are established by the Ontario Energy Board. Under certain exceptional circumstances, ENOVA may have a legal duty or right to disclose personal information without the individual’s knowledge or consent.
ENOVA shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that all personal information will be kept accurate, complete and up- to-date.
Individuals may challenge the accuracy and completeness of personal information about them and have it amended, as appropriate.
In executing its responsibilities with respect to the confidentiality of personal information, ENOVA will employ a number of safeguards, appropriate to the sensitivity of the information, to protect personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification. Such safeguards will include physical measures, organizational measures and technological measures, for example locked filing cabinets, restricted access to offices, security clearances, limiting access on a “need to know” basis and the use of passwords and encryption. Procedures for implementing these measures will
be communicated to all employees and third parties to ensure compliance with this principle.
ENOVA will make its policies and practices relating to the protection of personal information available to its customers. ENOVA will keep its customers informed of these policies and practices, customers shall be provided access to all related policies and procedures via ENOVA’s web page, and bill inserts. The information will be available in a format that is easy to understand.
9. Individual Access
Any customer of ENOVA can have access to the personal information about them that ENOVA has in its possession or control. Any customer may request that their personal information and with satisfactory proof of the customer’s identity be amended for purposes of accuracy and completeness.
Customers can make their requests by email (privacy@Enova.com) or in writing to:
301 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4L2
Attention: Privacy Officer
Response to an individual’s request will be made in a timely and efficient manner.
10. Challenging Compliance
ENOVA’s website, online services and interactive applications may use “cookies” and other analytic technologies. These technologies help ENOVA measure performance and engagement while helping to make your online experience with ENOVA more convenient and personal. The purpose of any data collection by these technologies is not to retain personal data but to enhance your online experience. Customers are free to prevent the installation of cookies by simply disabling this feature in your browser.
2. Links to Third-Party Sites
ENOVA’s Website contains links to third-party Websites. As such, ENOVA is not responsible for
(a) any information you provide to other Websites outside of ENOVA Hydro’s domain that you access through a link on our Website or (b) the privacy practices or the content of such Websites outside of ENOVA’s domain.
3. Data Collection
As is the case with Websites generally, when visitors access the ENOVA Website, the site software automatically collects the internet protocol (IP) address of the computer through which the user is connected to the Internet. The Website also automatically collects information about the user’s Internet browser software, operating system, the date and time of the user’s visit, the URL of the last page visited by the user before entering the website, and the pages accessed while on our site. This information is not used to gain personal information on individual users but is aggregated with that of other visitors to help us understand how the site is being used and how to make it better for our customers