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Photographs and our Privacy Policies

March 10, 2016
Written by: Talia

Sensitivity to privacy is always a concern for us at Buddings.

We update our privacy policies as often as necessary, to make sure information, whether medical, financial, personal, or confidential, your information is kept as securely as possible, and that we meet government regulations, including CASL, PCI Compliance, and PIPA. And more. Phew.

If you have questions about our privacy policies, you can contact our Privacy Officer/Administrator/Owner/me, Talia Erickson, at talia@buddings.ca, or by phone at the centre at 604-569-3951, or directly at 778-847-4992.

But this post is supposed to be about ourĀ Instagram Account

Images, and in particular, pictures of children, are another hot area for concerns to do with privacy, but unlike SPAM, Credit Cards, and Contact information, the laws do not give explicit rules for what constitutes children’s privacy. In fact, it leaves it to the parents to protect their children’s rights to privacy – on the internet and in real life.

Therefore, at Buddings, we find it imperative that you understand our photo policies, so that you can choose whether or not you consent to them.

As you may have noticed on this blog, and throughout the pages of our website, we love photos! Nothing shows better than a good, clear, non-identifiable* snapshot of the adventures the kids are getting into at Buddings. Pictures are worth a 1000 words, and Instagram is the way we can share those stories, in a snap!

Question: What does “non-identifiable” mean?

Our photos focus on the activities and the scenes in which children are engaged so, for context, there are often children in the photos. We’re a daycare, afterall. They are not the focus. Their faces are obscured, cropped out by at least 50%, blurry, or missing completely – for example, a picture of the children’s hands, reaching into a bowl of materials. The goal is always to share the positive moments that we get to share with the kids, and we are sensitive to ensure that the children, if any, are always shown in the absolute best possible light.

Even with this standard, as their parents, you will likely recognize their bodies, clothing, and shapes. If you ever feel uncomfortable about a photo on our blog of social media, we will immediately remove it. No questions asked. In fact, we asked for your consent before you ever set foot in the door, remember?

But, to be honest, the move to join Instagram is in response to the appreciation we get from families when we share these moments.

All that said, find us on Instagram! We’re so excited to show you what we can do!

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