Our policy is composed of the following elements:
A temporary cookie is necessary to make your navigation of this site easier. This temporary cookie is placed on your computer’s RAM and is automatically deleted when you close your browser. Moreover, no data from this cookie will be left on your PC or used by the Ministère for purposes other than that mentioned above.
The moment you access our Web site (www.environnement.gouv.qc.ca), certain data is automatically transmitted between your computer and the server of the private firm hosting our site.
Please note that this data does not allow us to identify you personally (except in exceptional cases1); it is collected as part of the technological requirements for browsing on the Internet and is used only for statistical purposes.
When visiting our site, the following data is exchanged between your computer and the server hosting our site:
This data is necessary so the server can transmit a file that is compatible with your computer equipment. Moreover, the Ministère keeps anonymous the information it needs to count the number of users, the pages most frequently opened, the technology used, the referring sites and the country of origin of the Internet users.
We would like to bring to your attention the fact that the transmission of data through our Web site or by e-mail is not secure. It is therefore recommended that you not communicate information of a personal nature, or if you do so, to take the appropriate safety precautions.
However, if you do decide to send us personal information (through e-mail, by subscribing to one of our mailing lists, or by filling out a form submitted to us through our site), we want to advise you that:
You can cancel your subscription to our mailing lists at any time.
In compliance with the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information, all departments or agencies requesting personal information must make sure it is necessary to collect such information. In the event we were to ask for personal information, you would be informed of the following elements:
If you would like more information regarding the Ministère's current policy, if you have any comments or wish to lodge a complaint because you feel that the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques policy has not been respected, you can reach us at the following address:
Regarding the laws:
Regarding the guidelines:
Guidelines regarding the processing and destruction of all information, directories, data, software, operating system or other asset protected by copyright on micro-computer or removable computer hardware (French)
Regarding the Web Sites:
Online Government (Government of Québec)
Le bon cookie et le méchant mouchard (Agence pour les Technologies de l’information et de la Communication dans l’Administration, France)
Office québécois de la langue française (Internet terminology)
Le site des Webmestres du gouvernement du Québec (Webmaster)
1Retrieval of the IP address is effectuated through the firm which hosts the site of the Ministère. Within the Ministère, the IP address of Internet users is only accessible to the personnel working on the Web site at the Information Resources Branch and the Communications Branch. In principle, the IP address does not allow anyone to identify the user. However, if that information is linked with other data, such as an e-mail sent to the Ministère, associating both data could make it possible to identify the user. However, the fact that the IP address can change with each connection of your browser renders this association almost impossible. Moreover, we assure you that our personnel will effectuate no association of data of this type. Access and adjustment rights are stipulated by law in the event of collection of nominative information.
2The Ministère does not usually monitor the electronic communications of its personnel, but it reserves the right to do so if its interests warrant it or if it is asked to do so by law or through an order of the Court, or if there is a reasonable suspicion to believe that an employee has committed or is on the verge of committing a crime or other infraction that could directly or indirectly impact the Ministère in a negative way. When an employee leaves the Ministère, it reserves the right to keep the electronic address of the employee after his/her departure for a period of time deemed reasonable in order to make sure that important communications can be transmitted to the Ministère. All personal communications will be transmitted to the new electronic address designated by the employee.