Privacy Policy

Who we are

Canada Comics Open Library is a non-profit comics library system incorporated in Canada.

Our website address is: https://www.canadacomicsol.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Any contact forms you submit will be held on the account unless you request it is deleted.

Data given out in our contact forms will never be shared with a Third Party.

Where stated on the relevant contact form, any collected data submitted through it can be used as a testimonial on our website (note: your email address will not be shared).


This section describes several functional cookies used to make the website’s experience possible. There are third party cookies created through the use of this website as well. Information relevant to those can be seen in the immediately following sections.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. CCOL may make use of embedded Youtube videos that place cookies on your computer.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. CCOL uses social media icons manager which may embed these website’s cookies on your computer, these include Twitter and Facebook.


CCOL utilizes the Google Invisible CAPTCHA service to secure its forms. This is primarily for two reasons: 1) to prevent bots, or automated software, from maliciously creating accounts and submitting forms; and 2) to prevent brute-force style attacks of the login page.

Please review the terms of the Google Invisible CAPTCHA. On any page where the CAPTCHA service is utilized, you will see the following widget which links to Google’s terms and policies. When using one of these pages you are making use of a Google product and Google’s relevant terms and policies apply.


CCOL makes use of Slimstat Analytics plugin for WordPress.

What rights you have over your data

All data you have provided may be altered, deleted, restricted, or accessed in accordance with the rights given by the GDPR. Presently, the best means of doing this is contacting us via email (see “Contact information” below).

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact information

The best way to contact us regarding this privacy policy is via email to info@canadacomicsol.org.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data are stored in a database hosted by GreenGeeks LLC, and your account itself is secured using best practices for password storage. More importantly, the domain https://www.canadacomicsol.org requires HTTPS, such that all communication is encrypted. This is done using Let’s Encrypt Free SSL/TLS Certificate service via the GreenGeeks hosting provider. The security of the server itself is primarily the task of GreenGeeks LLC, which provides its own privacy policy.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Users will be notified directly and immediately in the event of a breach when user contact information is available. In case of a breach, we will notify all visitors when the breach occurred and what information was accessed via notifications on our homepage.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Please see the section title “CAPTCHA.” CCOL makes use of CAPTCHA services to prevent spam and brute-force intrusion attacks. These services may profile your use of the website and automatically make decisions about your access to forms on the website.


Website created and maintained by Rotem Diamant

Technical development & consultation by Brandon Haworth.

CCOL logo designed by Scott A. Ford.


Toronto Branch
Canada Comics Open Library
986 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
M5R 3G6

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