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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy


Oakville News is owned and operated by Village Media. This policy governs the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information by Oakville News, whether oral, electronic, or written. The application of this policy is subject to the requirements or provisions of any applicable legislation, regulations or agreements (such as collective agreements), or the order of any court or other lawful authority.

Oakville News reserves the right to amend this policy from time to time.

What is Personal Information?

Personal information is information that can be linked to an individual. For example, your email address is considered personal information, even if it does not include your name. This policy does not cover business contact information such as your name, title, business address and phone number. Nor does it include information that is collected, used, or disclosed solely for journalistic purposes.

How Oakville News Collects Personal Information

Most of the Personal Information collected by Oakville News is provided directly by users of the service. For example, if you make a free account, you will be asked to provide your name and email address, and if you sign up for a membership, Oakville News will collect your credit card and billing information in order to process your payment. 

Oakville News also uses third party services which collect usage and browsing information and provide aggregate non-personal information about visitors to the site.  

What Personal Information Does Oakville News Collect?

  • Name and contact information;
  • Username and password;
  • Billing and payment information; 
  • IP addresses and information about your browsing habits;
  • Correspondence, requests and comments; and
  • Any other personal information you may submit.

Purposes for Collection of Personal Information

Oakville News collects Personal Information for the following purposes:

  • To allow a user to navigate through classifieds and other sections;
  • To identify a user for the purpose of allowing access to certain areas of the Oakville News site;
  • Facilitate posting of ads through classifieds;
  • To communicate with members via email; 
  • Protect the rights, property and safety of Oakville News, staff and third parties;
  • To detect and investigate security breaches and enforce our Terms of Use; and
  • To undertake marketing and promotions.

The Personal Information collected is the minimum required for the stated purposes and will only be stored as long as is necessary to achieve the stated purposes.

Third Party Services

Oakville News uses third party services to personalize users’ interaction with our website and to collect aggregate non-personal information. The privacy policy for Oakville News’s analytics providers can be found on their websites: Google Analytics, Scorecard Research


Oakville News does not sell your Personal Information, but may disclose limited information to third party platforms for advertising and promotional purposes. 

Oakville News does not otherwise disclose your information, unless it is legally required to do so or if disclosure is necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of Oakville News, its staff, users, or members of the public.

Advertising and Promotions

When Oakville News discloses information to third party advertising platforms, they may link that information to other data that they already have about you in order to tailor advertisements or to identify other people who might be interested in Oakville News content. 


Cookies are small text files that are stored on a user’s computer when they visit a website. They collect and store information about users in order to do things like remember user preferences and tailor advertising. Oakville News uses cookies to personalize user experience and to compile aggregate, non-personal information about how many people are visiting our site and which pages they viewed. Users can choose to disable cookies at any time, though it may affect some site functionality.

Comments Section 

Users of Oakville News should be aware that comments posted on the site are visible to the public, and that any Personal Information shared in the comment forums or in publicly accessible classifieds postings is not secure. 


Oakville News uses password-protected, restricted access services to keep its users’ data secure. Employees who have access to Personal Information are trained on how to keep this information secure. Oakville News uses industry-standard SSL encryption on the site so that users who visit and interact with the website will have their traffic is encrypted, protecting it from third party surveillance

Accuracy and Access 

Oakville News users can access personal information stored about them and request corrections to this information by sending a written request to the privacy officer at members@Oakville News. Users may also direct any questions or concerns they have about Oakville News’s privacy policy or practices to the same email.