Privacy policy

This Policy sets out how Fernand Dufresne Inc. collects, uses, and discloses your personal information and how that information may be accessed and corrected. The Policy also provides details on our use of non-personalized information collected through our website.

By visiting the website www.eko.ca, www.milliplein.com, or www.fdufresne.qc.ca (collectively the “Websites”), contacting us, consenting to receive e-mails from EKO/Milliplein, or entering into any contractual relationship with EKO/Milliplein, you agree to the terms of this Policy.

This Policy does not cover websites operated by third parties. Accordingly, EKO/Milliplein is not responsible for the privacy policies, procedures, and practices of any third parties.

1. Personal Information

This Policy applies to “personal information,” which is any information about a physical person that can be used to identify them.

a. Collection of personal information

EKO/Milliplein may ask you for personal information in any of the following situations:

  1. When you purchase or order one of our products or services or as part of your membership in one of our reward programs, including Milliplein
  2. When you open a customer account
  3. When you apply for credit
  4. When you request information about our prices or our products and services
  5. When you return or exchange a product or request a refund
  6. When you visit any of our websites
  7. If you are involved in an incident at any of our branches that causes physical or material damage to an EKO/Milliplein representative or employee, a third party, or yourself
  8. When you enter a contest held by EKO/Milliplein
  9. When you take part in a survey conducted by EKO/Milliplein
  10. When you contact us

Depending on the situation, you may be asked for any of the following personal information: your first and last names, address, postal code, telephone number, e-mail address, and a piece of ID.

Our websites allow you to request information, make comments and suggestions, view promotions, create a customer profile, subscribe to a newsletter, join a program, participate in surveys, enter contests, and apply for jobs with EKO/Milliplein. For these purposes, depending on the operation, you may be asked for the following personal information: your first and last names, address, postal code, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, Milliplein card number, user ID and password, preferred means of communication, education and work experience and/or personal interests, and whether you are an owner or tenant. Note that some of the information collected when you create a customer profile is saved to your secure profile, which will facilitate and speed up your future transactions (you can change or update this information simply by logging in to your account).

b. Use of personal information

Only those EKO/Milliplein employees who need to access your personal information to do their work will be able to do so.

EKO/Milliplein uses the personal information it collects for the following purposes:

  1. To prevent fraud and errors
  2. To deliver personalized services that meet all requirements and are fully compliant (transactions, purchases, orders, payments to customer accounts, returns, refunds or exchanges, etc.)
  3. To help you communicate with and visit us
  4. To provide you with services and support
  5. To ensure your satisfaction and follow up with you accordingly
  6. To improve your shopping experience and our product and service offer
  7. To establish and maintain healthy business and customer relationships
  8. With your consent, to inform you about our products, services, and promotional offers and the best way for you to take advantage of them (this information could be targeted according to the interests stated in your customer profile)
  9. To produce statistics, but in this case the statistics will not contain any information that can identify you personally
  10. To comply with applicable laws

The personal information collected will only be used for the purposes identified above or for purposes that were specifically identified at the time you provided the personal information.

Rest assured that personal information collected on our websites will not automatically be used to send you special offers or any other commercial communications, unless you consent to receiving them when providing such personal information on our website or if you subscribe to our newsletter. Please note that you can always withdraw your consent to receive information, special offers, or any other commercial communications. Simply click on the unsubscribe link that appears in all EKO/Milliplein informational mailings. You can then choose to be removed from a specific mailing list or from all EKO/Milliplein mailings and newsletters.

c. Disclosure of personal information

EKO/Milliplein will not disclose your personal information to anyone except EKO/Milliplein representatives, service providers, or agents who need the information to perform their duties, contract, or mandate. EKO/Milliplein may also disclose your personal information if you previously consented to such disclosure, whether such disclosure is the result of an express request on your part or is permitted by law.

EKO/Milliplein may, however, offer certain products and services that are provided by agents and third parties, including the processing of credit and debit card transactions. As part of our service offer, personal information may have to be transferred to these third parties in order for them to perform their obligations in a compliant manner.

EKO/Milliplein may offer offers and promotions, including rewards programs, in partnership with other identified merchants ("Partners") in order to allow you to accumulate or redeem rewards points with these Partners. EKO/Milliplein may, in a confidential manner and in accordance with the contractual security measures that we establish with these Partners, disclose to them personal information about you that is required to manage the reward points you collect or redeem. In addition, we may provide these Partners with depersonalized or nonpersonalized information for statistical purposes. Our Partners will not use the information you provide to send you special offers or other marketing communications without your consent.

Should EKO/Milliplein merge with another company, sell all or part of its assets to another company, or be financed, the personal information in its possession could be disclosed to the merging company, the acquiring company, or the lending company, as the case may be. This personal information would be disclosed and used in accordance with this Policy.

Note that personal information held by EKO/Milliplein may be disclosed under a search warrant, investigation, or any other procedure provided for by law or court order. It may also be disclosed to an investigative body that is acting in connection with a breach of agreement or an offence under a law. It may also be disclosed where required by law.

Please note that we may disclose your personal information as part of a process to collect a debt you owe us.

d. Retention of personal information

EKO/Milliplein stores your personal information on a server located in the province of Quebec, Canada.

EKO/Milliplein is committed to taking all reasonable security measures to protect the personal information you provide to us. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure and to ensure proper use of such information, EKO/Milliplein uses physical, administrative, and technical procedures to safeguard the information collected. However, no security mechanism is perfect and you should be aware that there is always some level of risk that the personal information you transmit to us may be disclosed without your consent and without fault on the part of EKO/Milliplein.

EKO/Milliplein will retain your personal information as long as necessary or required by law, regulation, or government order.

e. Withdrawal of consent

You may withdraw your consent for EKO/Milliplein to use or disclose your personal information at any time. Please send your request to withdraw consent in writing to the email address indicated in the “Contact” section. Please note that we may require proof of identity to identify you.

You should be aware that withdrawing your consent for the use or disclosure of all or part of your personal information may make it impossible for EKO/Milliplein to complete a transaction, return, exchange, or refund or provide you with one or more products or services.

f. Withdrawal of consent

Upon written request and subject to proof of identity, you may review the personal information we have collected, used, or disclosed and request corrections, if any, as permitted or required by law.

However, to ensure that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and up‑to‑date, we encourage you to notify us promptly of any changes to your personal information.

g. Policy update

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. This Policy is current as of February 15, 2018.

We encourage you to check this Policy on our websites from time to time for the latest changes.

h. Contact

Any request for access to or correction of your personal information, withdrawal of consent, or any questions or comments regarding our Privacy Policy should be sent to the attention of the Privacy Officer by mail or e-mail at the following addresses:

Customer Service
Fernand Dufresne Inc.
455 des Entrepreneurs
Quebec City, Quebec G1M 2V2
info@eko.ca

2. Other types of information collected

a. Information collected through our website

Through its websites EKO/Milliplein collects information about the pages visited on the sites, the URL addresses used on the sites, the type of browser used, and Internet Protocol addresses (IP addresses). Most of this data is collected by cookies or other analytical technology.

The pages on our websites use cookies and web beacons. The data collected through our websites is used to inform us about the use, performance, and effectiveness of our sites. This non-personalized information allows us to improve the content and use of our websites and collect information about our customers' browsing habits.

b. Cookies

A cookie is a small data file sent by a website to the browser you use to visit the site. Cookies are sent when you visit our sites, request or customize information, and when you register for certain services through our websites. Cookies are stored in your browser's cache. Cookies do not share any personal information with our websites. A distinction is generally made between “session” and “persistent” cookies.

“Session” cookies do not stay on your computer when you leave our sites or close your browser. The information collected allows us to analyze viewing habits for our websites. This allows us to improve the content of our websites, adapt them, and simplify their use.

“Persistent” cookies remain on your computer. They simplify personalization and registration services. In particular, cookies tell us what you have chosen to view when you visit our websites or allow us, if you have a customer profile, to recognize you when you visit our sites (although access to your customer profile requires your password). “Persistent” cookies can be manually deleted by the user.

Most browsers accept cookies by default, but you generally have the ability to decline cookies or limit your acceptance of them by changing your browser preferences. If you refuse them, please be aware that some features of our sites may not work and some pages may not display correctly. We invite you to consult your browser options for more details regarding the use and deactivation of cookies.

c. Web beacons

HTML electronic newsletters use web beacons to supplement cookies in generating statistics on website usage. A web beacon is a single-pixel (1x1) electronic image or transparent GIF that can recognize certain types of information on a visitor's computer, such as the visitor's cookie number, the time and date a page was viewed, and the description of the page on which the Web beacon is located. You can disable some web beacons by rejecting the cookies associated with them.