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Privacy Notice – Residents of European Union Member States

This European Privacy Notice (hereafter, the Privacy Notice) applies to EU customers and EU website visitors located in the EU. If you are a non-EU customer or non-EU website visitor, please review the Privacy Notice.

EDC is committed to safeuarding the privacy of our customers and users (you/your) who visit our website (the Website). This privacy notice sets out our personal information collection and sharing practices and is intended to inform you of the ways in which the Website collects personal information, the uses of that personal information and the ways in which we will share any personal information you choose to provide to us.

If you are an existing customer of ours, further details about how we use your personal information may be set out in your customer contract with us. Further notices highlighting certain uses we wish to make of your personal information together with the ability to opt in or out of selected uses may also be provided when we collect personal information from you.

Our websites may contain links to other third party websites. If you follow a link to any of those third party websites, please note that they have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies or processing of your personal information. Please check these policies before you submit any personal information to such third party websites.

This Privacy Notice is intended to explain our privacy practices and covers the following areas:

  • What personal information about you we may collect.
  • How we may use your personal information.
  • How we protect your personal information.
  • Contacting us & your rights to prevent marketing and to access and update your personal information.
  • Our Cookies Policy (Note: With the European Union’s GDPR now in effect, we’ve taken this opportunity to strengthen our privacy practices and have temporarily disabled personal information tracking and cookies).
  • How changes to this Privacy Notice and the Cookies Policy will be made.

Information we may collect about you

We will collect and process all or some of the following personal information about you: 

Information you provide to us

Personal information that you provide to us, such as when using the contact form on our website, including your name, email address, other contact details, and your language of preference;

To introduce you to Government and Industry Partners.

Information that you provide us related to your business and growth objectives will be provided with your consent to facilitate introductions to EDC’s federal, and provincial and industry partners to help you grow your business.

To process payments and financial transactions.

Banking information to process payments and other transactions. In some circumstances, information is shared with counterparties and their respective banks in relation to fund transfers, payments, drawing of cheques, and other transactions.  When paying online for any of our services or products offered online, you will be using the credit card facilities of Moneris Solutions or another online payment provider with whom we have entered into a contract. Once you have clicked the appropriate button to submit payment, the information you supplied during the payment session will be received on the Moneris Solutions server and is governed by the privacy policy of Moneris Solutions.

To determine your eligibility for Programs, Products or Services 

Financial information such as your assets, liabilities, financial transactions, annual sales, and business history to evaluate your credit worthiness, assess your eligibility and to make decisions in the context of an application for financing or insurance services.

To comply with Legal, Security, Processing and Regulatory Requirements

Information about any criminal or fraudulent activities provided to us by you or third parties [including information which establishes your identity, such as driving licences or passports] suspicious transactions, politically exposed person and sanctions lists where your details are included;

Our correspondence

If you contact us, we will typically keep a record of that correspondence;

Survey information

We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes.  In such circumstances we shall collect the information provided in the completed survey;

Your transactions 

Details of transactions you carry out through our websites or through other channels and of the fulfilment of the services we provide; and

Website and communication usage 

Details of your visits to the websites and information collected  through cookies and other tracking technologies including, but not limited to, your IP address and domain name, your browser version and operating system, traffic data, location data, web logs and other communication data, and the resources that you access. 

Uses made of your personal information

In this section, we set out the purposes for which we use personal information that we collect via our website and, in compliance with our obligations under European law, identify the “legal grounds” on which we rely to process the information.

These “legal grounds” are set out in European Data Protection Law, which allows companies to process personal data only when the processing is permitted by the specific “legal grounds” set out in law (the full description of each of these grounds can be found in the Annex below).

Please note that in addition to the disclosures we have identified below, we may disclose personal information for the purposes we explain in this notice to service providers, contractors, agents, advisors (e.g. legal, financial, business or other advisors) and affiliates of EDC.

To communicate effectively with you and conduct our business

To conduct our business, including to respond to your queries, to otherwise communicate with you, or to carry out our obligations arising from any agreements entered into between you and us;

Legal bases: contract performance, legitimate interests (to enable us to perform our obligations and provide our services to you)

To provide you with marketing materials

To provide you with updates and offers, where you have chosen to receive these. We may also use your information for marketing our own products and services to you by [post, email, phone and fax] and, where required by law, we will ask for your consent at the time we collect your data to conduct any of these types of marketing. We will provide an option to unsubscribe or opt-out of further communication on any electronic marketing communication sent to you or you may opt out by contacting us as set out in the “Contacting Us” section below.

Legal bases: consent, legitimate interest (to keep you updated with news in relation to our products and services)

In relation to fraud prevention and compliance with regulatory requirements

To ensure that we do not, directly or indirectly, unknowingly transact business with, procure goods or services from companies and/or individuals who present legal, regulatory and reputational risks to EDC, we use information to detect and assess potential legal, regulatory and reputational risks in transactions involving EDC and various counterparties.

Legal bases: legal obligations, legitimate interests (to ensure that you fall within our acceptable risk profile and to assist with the prevention of crime and fraud)

For research and development purposes

To analyse your personal information in order to better understand your and our other clients’ services and marketing requirements, to better understand our business and develop our products and services;

Legal bases: legitimate interests (to allow us to improve our services)

To monitor certain activities

We may monitor any part of our website at any time and may take appropriate measures to curtail inappropriate use. EDC uses software to monitor site traffic and to detect unauthorized attempts to upload, change information, or otherwise cause damage. To verify the identity or authority of relevant Individuals, or representatives who contact EDC or may be contacted by EDC and to carry out or respond to requests, questions or instructions from verified representatives or other parties pursuant to security procedures

Legal bases: legal obligations, legal claims, legitimate interests (to ensure that the quality and legality of our services)

To inform you of changes

To notify you about changes to our services and products;

Legal bases: legitimate interests (to notify you about changes to our service)

To ensure website content is relevant

To ensure that content from our websites is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device, which may include passing your data to business partners, suppliers and/or service providers;

Legal bases: legitimate interests (to allow us to provide you with the content and services on the websites)

To reorganise or make changes to our business

In the event that we: (i) are subject to negotiations for the sale of our business or part thereof to a third party; (ii) are sold to a third party; or (iii) undergo a re-organisation, we may need to transfer some or all of your personal information to the relevant third party (or its advisors) as part of any due diligence process for the purpose of analysing any proposed sale or re-organisation. We may also need to transfer your personal information to that re-organised entity or third party after the sale or reorganisation for them to use for the same purposes as set out in this policy

Legal bases: legitimate interests (in order to allow us to change our business)

In connection with legal or regulatory obligations

We may process your personal information to comply with our due diligence policies and standards, regulatory requirements or dialogue with regulators as applicable which may include disclosing your personal information to third parties, the court service and/or regulators or law enforcement agencies in connection with enquiries, proceedings or investigations by such parties anywhere in the world, or to cause the initiation of such enquiries, proceedings or investigations to prevent a crime or its recurrence, or where compelled to do so. Where permitted, we will direct any such request to you or notify you before responding unless to do so would prejudice the prevention or detection of a crime.

Legal bases: legal obligations, legal claims, legitimate interests (to cooperate with law enforcement and regulatory authorities)

Transmission, storage and security of your personal information

Security over the internet
No data transmission over the Internet or website can be guaranteed to be secure from intrusion. However, we maintain commercially reasonable physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information in accordance with data protection legislative requirements.

All information you provide to us is stored on our servers or on servers used by our subcontractors and accessed and used subject to our or our subcontractors’ security policies and standards. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential and for complying with any other security procedures that we notify you of. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Export outside the EEA
As we are a Canadian export credit agency, personal information that you supply to us will typically be stored in and accessed in Canada. Further, your personal information may be accessed by staff or suppliers in, transferred to, and/or stored at, a destination outside the country in which you are located, whose data protection laws may be of a lower standard than those in your country. We will, in all circumstances, safeguard personal information as set out in this Privacy Notice.

Where we transfer personal information from inside the European Economic Area (the EEA) to outside the EEA, we may be required to take specific additional measures to safeguard the relevant personal information. Certain countries outside the EEA have been approved by the European Commission as providing essentially equivalent protections to EEA data protection laws and therefore no additional safeguards are required to export personal information to these jurisdictions. In countries which have not had these approvals (see the full list here), we will establish legal grounds justifying such transfer, such as EU Commission-approved model contractual clauses, or other legal grounds permitted by applicable legal requirements.

Please contact us at if you would like to see a copy of the specific safeguards applied to the export of your personal information.

Storage limits
Our retention periods for personal data are based on business needs and legal requirements. We retain personal data for as long as is necessary for the processing purpose(s) for which the information was collected, and any other permissible, related purpose. For example, we may retain certain transaction details and correspondence until the time limit for claims arising from the transaction has expired, or to comply with regulatory requirements regarding the retention of such data. When personal data is no longer needed, we will securely destroy the data.

Your rights & contacting us


You have the right to ask us not to process your personal information for marketing purposes. We will inform you if we intend to use your information for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by not checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your personal information. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at or otherwise contacting EDC.

Updating information

We will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that your personal information is accurate. In order to assist us with this, you should notify us of any changes to the personal information that you have provided to us by contacting us at

Your rights

If you have any questions in relation to our use of your personal information, you should first contact us at Under certain conditions, you may have the right to require us to:

  • provide you with further details on the use we make of your information;
  • provide you with a copy of information that you have provided to us;
  • update any inaccuracies in the personal information we hold (please see paragraph 5.2);
  • delete any personal information the we no longer have a lawful ground to use;
  • where processing is based on consent, to withdraw your consent so that we stop that particular processing (see paragraph 5.1 for marketing);
  • object to any processing based on the legitimate interests ground unless our reasons for undertaking that processing outweigh any prejudice to your data protection rights; and
  • restrict how we use your information whilst a complaint is being investigated.

Your exercise of these rights is subject to certain exemptions to safeguard the public interest (e.g. the prevention or detection of crime) and our interests (e.g. the maintenance of legal privilege). If you exercise any of these rights we will check your entitlement and respond in most cases within a month.

If you are not satisfied with our use of your personal information or our response to any exercise of these rights you have the right to complain to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada or the Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1H3
Toll-free: 1-800-282-1376
Phone: (819) 994-5444


Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission
10 Pasir Panjang Road
#03-01 Mapletree Business City
Main Line: +65 6377 3131
Fax: +65 6577 3888

Contacting us

If you have any questions in relation to this notice, please contact

Cookies policy

With the European Union’s GDPR now in effect, we’ve taken this opportunity to strengthen our privacy practices and have temporarily disabled personal information tracking and cookies.

Changes to our Privacy Notice and/or Cookies Policy

We may change the content of our websites and how we use cookies and consequently our Privacy Notice and our Cookie Policy may change from time to time in the future. If we change this Privacy Notice or our Cookies Policy, we will update the date it was last changed below. If these changes are material, we will indicate this clearly on our Website.

This Privacy Notice was last updated on May 25, 2018.


Use of personal information under EU data protection laws must be justified under one of a number of legal “grounds” and we are required to set out the grounds in respect of each use in this policy. We note the grounds we use to justify each use of your information next to the use in the “Uses of your personal information” section of this policy.

These are the principal legal grounds that justify our use of your personal data:

Consent: where you have consented to our use of your information.  You will have been presented with a consent form in relation to any such use and may withdraw your consent by contacting

Contract performance: where your information is necessary to enter into or perform our contract with you.

Legal obligation: where we need to use your information to comply with our legal obligations.

Legitimate interests: where we use your information to achieve a legitimate interest and our reasons for using it outweigh any prejudice to your data protection rights.

Legal claims: where your information is necessary for us to defend, prosecute or make a claim against you, us or a third party.

These are the principal legal bases that justify our use of Special Categories of your Personal Data and Criminal Convictions Data:

Protection of vital interests of you or another person, where you are unable to consent: Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or of another natural person where you are physically ore legally incapable of giving consent.

Legal claims: where your information is necessary for us to establish, defend, prosecute or make a claim against you, us or a third party.

In the substantial public interest: Processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of EU or local law.

Explicit consent: You have given your explicit consent to the processing of those personal data for one or more specified purposes. You are free to withdraw your consent by contacting us in as per clause 5.6 of the above notice. If you do so, we may be unable to provide a service that requires the use of such data.