Privacy Policy

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What youth personal data we collect and why we collect it

To protect the information of the youth participants, we are following the United State’s The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which governs information gathering online from or about children under the age of 13.

Verifiable consent from a child’s parent or guardian is required before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from a child under the age of 13. We will verify your consent by sending a separate email  for you to confirm that it is you who are giving consent for your youth to participate and share their personal information.

Participation in the It’s My Future Toronto project does required that we collect personal information from children under the age of 13. In Registration, we collect information in the from of their first name, age, gender, and race/ethnicity as part of the qualifications to participate in the project. 

In the videos that the youth submit to participate in  the project, they will be encouraged to share personal information such as:

  • their faces and recognizable features,
  • their general location in the city, 
  • their first names and  family information and heritage,
  • their problems, and solutions to them, and
  • their creative ideas  for the future of the City of Toronto.

The Youth’s personal information will be used in the following ways:

  • Customize their experience of the IMFTO website,
  • Shared as youth produced videos displayed on the IMFTO website,
  • Shared with partners such as Microsoft, Adobe, Globe and Mail, OCAD U to provide software or subscriptions, 
  • Included as recognized contributors to City of Toronto government policies,
  • Shown in an advertising campaign promoting the youth’s ideas about improving the city,
  • Published as editorials in the Globe and Mail,
  • Promotion of IMFTO or other programs that might be developed for other cities.

The personal information shall remain on the IMFTO website for up to one year from the conclusion of the project, in which we will ask for permission via email to continue posting on an annual basis. We will remove personal information of youth upon request. 


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Suggested text: Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.