1. Legal Notices

Privacy and Data Usage Policy

Autism Together Community takes all privacy issues very seriously. The Autism Together Community site is subject to the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information and the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the resulting regulations.

Your personal information

By personal information, we mean the information you provide to us when you register.

When registering for the online community, you will need to create a user profile with a pseudonym of your choice, provide your email address and create a password.

You will be asked to choose a unique pseudonym that no one can use to post articles on the site. Other users of this site will know you only by this pseudonym. When you choose a pseudonym, we invite you to choose one that does not include any personal information that could identify you.

In the profile section, you can also provide other information, such as your autism diagnosis or that of your child or loved one, so that other users with similar experiences can identify with you more easily.

Personal information is confidential. Only moderators are authorized to use your emails to communicate with you. The platform uses your email to send you notifications if you request it. At no time will this information be made public, sold or communicated to third parties.

We believe it is important to assess the quality and reach of our programs. Your activity within the online community may be provided to external researchers for program evaluation. The results help us to raise the level of service offered to you and to people concerned with autism. Research results may be published in the form of articles. These do not identify individuals. Furthermore, the evaluation is not used for commercial purposes.

Autism Together Community reserves the right, if necessary, to transmit any information in order to satisfy applicable laws, regulations, legal proceedings or governmental requests. Autism Together Community also reserves the right to transmit information when it is deemed, in its sole discretion, that such disclosure could prevent imminent harm. You will be notified if applicable.

We use the information available to us, depending on the choices you make, as described below and to provide optimal access to the platform. We proceed as described below.

Offer, personalize and improve our products.

We use the information available to us to deliver our products, including to personalize features and content and to make suggestions to you, such as groups you might be interested in or topics you might want to follow on our platform. We also use data about your use of our platform, including how you interact with the platform, as well as data about who you communicate with or what content interests you on our platform.

Foster security, protection and integrity.

We use the information available to us to verify accounts and activity, to combat abusive behaviour, to detect and prevent unwanted content and other negative experiences, to maintain the integrity of the platform and to promote security and protection on the platform. For example, we use the data available to us to investigate suspicious activity or breaches of our terms, or to detect if someone needs help. To do this, we have a risk identification protocol.

Communicate with you.

We use the information available to us to send you communications, to tell you about the platform and to tell you about our terms and policies. We also use your information to respond to you when you contact us.

Doing research and innovating for the collective well-being.

Autism Together Community uses the tools made available by Google Analytics, a web audience measurement analysis service. The information collected by this service is, for example, the pages you visit on the platform, the date, time, duration and frequency of your visits, the links on which you click, the device and the type of operating system you are using, as well as your geographical location. Your IP address is also collected, but it is anonymized (truncated) to ensure the confidentiality of your personal information.

This use is solely for research purposes to improve the site.

We collect content, communications and other information you provide when you use the platform, including when you create an account, when you create or share content, or when you communicate with or send messages to other people, in public groups as well as private groups. This may include information in or about content you provide, such as metadata, the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We collect information about the people, accounts, groups and groups you interact with on the platform and how you interact with them on the website, for example, whom you communicate with, on more or the groups you belong to. We also collect information about how you use the platform, such as the types of content you view or interact with, the features you use, the actions you take, the people or accounts you interact with and the time, frequency and duration of your activities. We also receive and analyze the content, communications and information that other people provide while using our platform.

For more details regarding the Confidentiality and Privacy Protection Policy in force when using the platform, please consult the following link:

Cookies are used on the Autism Together Community site. These files make it possible to identify your navigation software from one visit to another and from one page to another within a session, in order to facilitate your access to the site and your navigation in it, subject to obtaining your prior consent. Cookies can only be read by the website that transmits them to your computer. When you access the platform, a cookie file is automatically created on your computer. The server of our supplier, Personify, has access to this file, in which is kept information allowing you to be identified and to facilitate your navigation. If cookies are disabled, the use of certain features is no longer possible. For more information, or to withdraw your consent to the use of these cookies, please contact Personify directly at the following email address:

Third-party websites

For your convenience, the Autism Together Community site provides links to third-party sites or parts of sites. Autism Together Community has no control over the content and operation of these sites or their privacy practices. Consequently, any personal information that you transmit through these sites is subject to the privacy protection policies of these sites. It is therefore your responsibility to read it, in order to ensure the protection of information that concerns you.

By participating in Autism Together Community, you acknowledge and agree that your usage will be collected and used in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to these terms, do not provide Autism Together Community with any personal and confidential information. In the event that you have already provided personal or confidential information, you will be asked to delete it or your registration will not be accepted.

Profile modification or account deactivation

Registered users can change their profile information at any time by accessing their account. People who wish to deactivate their account within the online community can do so by asking us by email at:

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please write to us.


If you are not satisfied with the way Autism Together Community has handled your request or if you have any questions about its privacy practices that you believe the Autism Together Community team has not adequately answered, you can contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada:

112 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H3
Phone : 1 800 282-1376
Fax : 613 947-6850

Respect for intellectual property rights

You confirm that you own the copyright to the material you post or upload to the online community site.

You agree not to use the online community to post any copyrighted or other intellectual property material not owned by you, without the express permission of the copyright owner or intellectual property law.

You may add links to internal or external sites within your postings, but agree to take responsibility for any link you add. We reserve the right to remove any link that we consider inappropriate.

When posting links to photos or uploading an avatar, you must ensure that you obtain permission from the owner of the photos and the people featured in them. Photos should in no way be used to identify you or your children.

When you share, post or import content protected by intellectual property rights on or in connection with the platform, you grant Autism Together Community a non-exclusive, transferable, sublicensable, free and worldwide licence to host, use, distribute, modify, perform, copy, publicly perform or publicly display, translate and create derivative works of your content, in accordance with your privacy settings. This license ends when you decide to remove the content from the platform. You can delete your content individually or all at once by deleting your account. When you delete content, it is no longer visible to other users. However, it may persist elsewhere, in our systems, when:

  • immediate deletion is not possible due to technical restrictions, in which case your content will be deleted within a maximum of 90 days from the time you delete it;
  • your content has been used by third parties in accordance with the license and they have not deleted it, in which case this license continues to apply until the content is deleted; or
  • where immediate deletion would limit our ability:
    • to identify or investigate illegal activities or violations of our Terms of Use. For example, identify or investigate the misuse of our platform;
    • to comply with a legal obligation, such as the preservation of evidence; or
    • to comply with the request of a judicial or administrative authority, law enforcement authority or government agency;

in which case, the content will not be retained longer than necessary for the purposes for which it was retained. The exact duration varies on a case-by-case basis. In each of the cases mentioned above, the license lasts until the complete deletion of the content.

Indemnities, warranties, and exoneration of liability 

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Autism Together Community and the researchers, moderators, research and healthcare professionals and other team members, from any liability, loss, claim or expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees arising out of or related to your breach of the Terms of Use.

Autism Together Community strives to keep the online community safe and up-to-date and bug-free. However, you use it at your own risk.

Autism Together Community is not responsible for the actions, content, information or data of third parties, including its registered members who post material within the online community.

To the extent permitted by law, we also disclaim ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. We cannot control or direct what people do or say and we are not responsible for their actions or conduct online or offline, or for any content they share, whether offensive, inappropriate, obscene, illegal or otherwise objectionable.

We are unable to predict when issues may arise with the platform. Accordingly, our liability shall be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law and we shall in no event be liable to you for lost profits, revenue, information or data, or incidental, special, consequential damages, exemplary, punitive or consequential arising out of or in connection with these terms or the platform, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

  • To report a problem

To report a publication that is inadmissible or contrary to these Terms of Use, please contact us using the “Contact” link at the bottom of each page or by email at

Autism Together Community may, at any time and in its sole discretion, cancel your right to use the online community if you breach these Terms of Use. If you are responsible for any breach of these conditions, you cannot rely on the fact that you have not read them.

Limit any user’s access to the Autism Together Community online community

In the event of a report about you, we will verify your account and may cancel it. This will only be restored once the problem has been resolved.

Remove any post that violates these rules without first contacting the author 

As a last resort, we could ban you, temporarily or permanently, from accessing or registering with the online community, if it turns out that you refuse to comply with the Terms of Use, or if we consider that it is necessary to protect others or the integrity of the online community.

If we remove content you’ve shared because it violates our community standards, we’ll let you know and explain your options for requesting a review. You will not be able to make this request if you seriously or repeatedly violate these terms or if it engages our legal liability or that of a third party, harms our user community, or compromises or alters the integrity or operation of our platform, or where there are technical restrictions or where we are prohibited from doing so for legal reasons.


You agree that the laws of the province of Québec and Canada apply to any matter related to this agreement.

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