The Canadian Medical Protective Association ("CMPA") believes that the security of communications over electronic networks such as the Internet is an important factor in a member's use of the CMPA's website generally and the members-only area specifically. This notice is aimed at bringing certain security-related considerations to the attention of members.
The first consideration begins with a member's web browser. When you access the members-only area of this website, our server checks your browser to ensure it meets strict security requirements. You may only use browsers that employ 128-bit encryption (one of the highest levels of browser security available today). A secure connection is then established between a member's computer and the members-only area. A padlock or key icon in the bottom of the member's browser indicates that a secure connection has been established. For interactive transactions, the CMPA may supplement this industry standard with additional security measures. Members are responsible to ensure that the browsers they use are the most secure available.
Access and security of transactions
The information submitted through this website and collected by the CMPA's servers is safeguarded in files that are password-protected on a need-to-know basis and to which access is physically restricted.
While the CMPA takes measures to secure transactions made using this website, there are other precautions that members should themselves take to maximize the security of their information. For example, members should regularly apply available security and application/system updates to their browser and operating system software, and protect their computers with up-to-date anti-virus and firewall software. Such updates and software are available from the vendors of the software used by members.
Members will use passwords to access the services provided through this website. Members are entirely responsible for the use of their passwords. Accordingly, members are advised to treat such passwords as confidential and:
- Not to write them down or store them online
- Not to use the same password for this website as for other accounts (e.g. personal Internet Service Provider account)
- Not to use the "Remember password" feature of applications
- Not to hint at the format of a password in any conversation or communication (e.g. "my family name")
- Not to reveal a password:
- over the phone to ANYONE
- in an email message
- in front of others
- to family members or co-workers or
- on questionnaires or forms
Monitoring network activity
For security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all members, the CMPA employs software programs to monitor network traffic, to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, and to prevent denial of service attacks or other attacks intended to cause damage.
Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, to use the CMPA system for other than intended purposes, to deny service to authorized users, to access, obtain, alter, damage, or destroy information, or otherwise to interfere with the system or its operation are not permitted and may result in loss of membership. Evidence of such acts may also be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and result in criminal prosecution under the laws of Canada or such other jurisdictions as may apply.