Last update: March 10, 2019
practices for customer information we collect, use or disclose, including at
our Potrentals.com websites (including through Potrentals.com and other
Internet sites, mobile apps, and social media sites, which we will refer to
collectively as “Sites”), as well as our customer service interactions with
to Potrentals.com and all of its subsidiaries with respect to its operations in
Canada, unless otherwise indicated. Personal information that you provide when
you visit non-Canadian Potrentals.com websites are governed by the privacy
policies that are posted on those websites.
1. Potrentals.com’s Commitment to Privacy
- why we collect personal information;
- what we do with that information;
- what steps we take to ensure that the information is secure;
- who you should contact if you have questions or concerns about our policies or practices.
Children: We encourage parents to take an active interest in their children’s use of the Internet. We do not intend to collect information from children who are under 18 years of age or 21 in jurisdictions where it is the legal age. If you are under 18 (or 21 in jurisdictions where it is the legal age), please do not provide information on our Sites.
2. What is personal information?
In general terms, personal information means any information about an identifiable individual. For example, this includes your name, postal and email address, telephone number, credit card number, demographic information and purchasing history.
Personal information does not include aggregate information, such as data about a group or category of products, services or customers, from which individual customer identities have been removed. For example, information about how you use a service may be collected and combined with information about how others use the same service, but no personal information will be included in the resulting data. Likewise, information about the products you purchase may be collected and combined with information about the products purchased by others.
We may also gather aggregate information about how Potrentals.com customers use our Sites. Aggregate information about product purchases helps us understand trends and customer needs, and assists us in product selection, product ordering and sizing, and the introduction of new products and services.
3. When we collect personal information
We only collect such personal information as is strictly necessary for the purposes outlined in Section 4. We collect personal information when you:
- apply for Potrentals.com membership;
- contact us with questions, inquiries, comments, complaints or requests;
- sign up for certain products and services;
- use our Sites;
- participate in any of our programs;
- place orders, make purchases, or seek further information about our products and services;
- place orders or make purchases, return or exchange items, or seek further information through our affiliated companies (Potrentals.com and its affiliates are referred to collectively as the “Potrentals.com Affiliates”);
- enter into a contest or sweepstakes or respond to one of our surveys; and
- ask us to place you on a “Do Not Email” list so that we can ensure that your wishes are respected.
4. How we use personal information
As part of our business operations, we hold
and use certain personal information pertaining to you to process your requests
and to understand your needs so that we can serve you better.
Specifically, we may use personal information for the following purposes:
- Notifying you safety issues;
- Managing the provision of goods, services and privileges to you, including monitoring your membership;
- Managing invoicing, accounting and information security services related to our transactions with you;
- Monitoring your satisfaction with our programs, the services offered by our suppliers and contacting you regarding the status of such programs and services (for example, to inform you of changes to or the termination of particular Potrentals.com Services);
- Protecting against harm to the rights, property or safety of Potrentals.com, its customers, employees, or the public;
- Internal management purposes, including planning, resource allocation, policy development, quality improvement, monitoring, audit, evaluation and reporting;
- As described in our “Online privacy practices” in Section 11 below;
- Managing our “Do Not Email” lists; and
If you ask us to, we will also tell you about news, promotions, special offers and other information from Potrentals.com, regarding Potrentals.com, Potrentals.com Affiliates and selected partners, such as our promotional programs. You may unsubscribe from these kinds of messages at any time.
5. When we share personal information
We also may use a Service Provider to host and administer one or more of our Sites, process and store data, and fulfill similar technology-related functions on our behalf. In these circumstances, the personal information that the Service Provider receives is limited to only the personal information held by us that they need to render their service to us. The companies that are provided with the personal information are first required to sign an agreement that obligates them to keep the information confidential and secure and prohibits them from using it for unauthorized purposes.
We have engaged Service Providers to provide us with cloud computing services. Cloud computing is the provision of network-based services, located on remote computers, that allow individuals and businesses to use software and hardware operated by third parties. Examples of these services include online file storage, webmail and online business applications. Service Providers have policies and processes in place to ensure that the confidentiality of information in their care is properly safeguarded at all times.
We may disclose personal information without your knowledge or consent if a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order legally authorizes us or requires us to do so. We may also disclose personal information to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Potrentals.com, its customers, employees or other members of the public.
Except as set out above, we do not sell, rent, share or disclose the personal information we hold or make our membership list available to others for a fee without your consent.
6. How long do we hold personal information?
Personal information is retained only for so long as is necessary for the purposes set out above. When no longer required, we will destroy, erase or de-personalize the personal information. Legal requirements may necessitate our retaining some or all of the personal information we hold for a period of time that is longer than we might otherwise hold it. However, Potrentals.com will restrict access to such information to prevent it from being used except for the fulfillment of these legal requirements.
To ensure that the personal information you provided is accurate, complete and up-to-date, we urge you to provide us with updates regarding such information and to inform us of any errors affecting the personal information we hold. You may update, review or correct your Potrentals.com online account information at any time by accessing your password-protected registration page via the “My Account” area of the Sites.
8. Security measures
We will continue to keep in place security measures in an effort to protect personal information held by us from unauthorized use, access, disclosure, distribution, loss or alteration. We employ physical, administrative, contractual and technological safeguards to protect personal information, and insist that our Service Providers do the same. We will continue to keep in place security measures in an effort to protect personal information held by us from unauthorized use, access, disclosure, distribution, loss or alteration. We employ physical, administrative, contractual and technological safeguards to protect personal information, and insist that our Service Providers do the same. Please be aware though that, despite these efforts, no security measures are perfect, and no systems are impenetrable. Your privacy can be enhanced by taking care to use suitably strong passwords that others cannot guess, that are kept safe by you, and that are not re-used on other sites. Taking steps like avoiding dictionary words or proper names and adding extra character and punctuation marks can also help protect you. If you believe your password has been compromised, you should change it immediately.
Access to personal information will be restricted to authorized personnel who require the information to perform their duties properly. In addition, access will be limited to only that information that is strictly necessary for the performance of those duties. Please also see our “Online privacy practices” in Section 10 below.
We periodically update our policies regarding information security measures in an effort to protect the personal information held by us in the most effective manner possible.
9. Accessing personal information
Our customers are entitled to access the personal information held by us concerning them. In recognition of the importance we attach to each customer’s personal information, you can only access personal information we hold about you. Under limited circumstances, we may give you access to personal information that we hold about others, but only if required or permitted by law (for example, a parent or guardian may, in certain instances, be given access to the personal information of a child or a person who requires a substitute decision maker).
You can access your personal information by sending a request by e-mailing at . We will generally respond to your request for information within thirty (30) days, unless, for reasons beyond our control, a longer response time is necessary, in which case you will be advised accordingly. While our response will generally be provided at no cost, you will be informed in advance of any charges that apply in connection with the information request. Charges may relate to the transcription, reproduction or transmission of personal information held by us.
In very limited circumstances, we may not be able to supply personal information for reasons of a legal nature, including privileged communications between professional and client or a pending judicial proceeding. In each case, we will provide written reasons outlining why your request for access has not been granted.
10. Online privacy practices
Collection: We may collect personal information online when you visit our Sites as described in Section 4.
Cookies help us to customize our home page for you and to better display pages according to your browser type. While cookies are optional for browsing Potrentals.com, they are required for registering, logging on, purchasing or adding items to your cart. If you wish to purchase items or set up an account on Potrentals.com, you will need to accept a Potrentals.com cookie. (In order to control the ability of website providers to place cookies on your computer, you should consult your browser’s “Options” and “Help” pages to learn how to adjust your settings to suit your privacy preferences.)
Use: We use personal information collected online as described in Section 4. In addition, we use personal information:
- to facilitate and monitor certain features of the Sites that you choose to interact with, such as online forums, feeds and chatrooms;
- to respond to your questions and concerns and to understand your needs and preferences;
- to conduct surveys and other research;
- to provide you with customized Site content and advertising;
- to fulfill your online orders for products and services and to facilitate product deliveries, pickups and returns;
- to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or
- to protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Potrentals.com, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.
Sharing: We share personal information collected online as described in Section 5 above. In addition, we may provide Service Providers and product manufacturers and vendors with certain information that is necessary to fulfill an order you have placed with us. For example, if you request shipment for a purchase, we may provide your address to the shipping carrier and customs Service Provider, and if you pay by credit or debit card, your card number and sales transaction information are passed to the card processor and/or issuer (including their service providers such as fraud verification services). We also may use Service Providers to host and administer the Sites, process and store data, and fulfill other technology related functions on our behalf. However, we only give or permit access to vendors, suppliers and other Service Providers involved in Site administration and the commerce distribution chain the limited information needed to perform their duties and provide you with the products and services you order. We are not responsible for any additional information you provide directly to these parties.
Protection: Personal information we collect on our Sites is stored electronically and may be combined with other off-line information. Personal information entered on our Sites is encrypted using a security protocol called SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). SSL encrypts information entered on our site before it is sent over the Internet. SSL also allows you to view securely your online account and registration information. Account information is accessible online only through the use of a password. To protect the confidentiality of personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of our Sites by any person using your password. You are advised that, unlike communication within our Sites, we have no control over the privacy of your email communications with us while in transit. We recommend that you do not include confidential, proprietary, personal information in emails, including credit card numbers, passwords, and other similar information. Also, if other people have access to your email account, they may be able to access your password and obtain personal information about you (such as your credit card information), or change information about your user profile. You should not use an email account operated by your employer because many employers have the legal right to access such email accounts. Please advise us immediately by email at if you believe your password has been misused.
11. Complaint process
If you previously consented to the sharing of the personal information you provided, you can change your mind by:
- Emailing Customer Service at with Attention: Privacy Officer in the subject line
If you wish to unsubscribe from electronic messages providing news, promotions, special offers and other information from Potrentals.com, regarding Potrentals.com, Potrentals.com Affiliates and selected partners, such as our promotional programs, you may do so at any time by visiting Potrentals.com and setting your Communication Preferences.