BlackRock (BLK) is the world's largest publicly traded investment management firm. As of December 31, 2014, it had assets under management, or AUM, of $4.65 trillion. This is ~7% of the total assets under management across the globe.
Effective date: March 2017.
BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (“We” or “BlackRock”) recognizes the importance of protecting your personal and financial information when you visit our websites or download a mobile application created or commissioned by BlackRock (each a “Website” or “App” and together “Website and App”). This Policy including the Cookies Policy is designed to help you understand the information collection practices on a Website and App owned or operated by or on behalf of BlackRock, including (but not limited to) www.blackrock.com/ca. Information collected on our Website and App is collected by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited but may be shared with other entities within the BlackRock group of companies as set out below. Contact information is included in this Policy and on the Website.
We are committed to:
(a) protecting the personal information you provide to us;
(b) telling you how we use the information we gather about you; and
(c) ensuring that you know the circumstances under which we may disclose your personal data.
This Policy covers the privacy and data protection policies on our Website and App, and should be read in conjunction with any other applicable policies, terms, and conditions in place between you and BlackRock.
Changes to this Policy
This Policy is dated March 2017.
If you have any questions or complaints about this Policy, or the privacy-related practices of BlackRock or its service providers (including information regarding our policies and practices relating to services providers located outside of Canada), please contact us:
In the password protected section of our Website or App, or if you are a visitor who has entered the Website or App via a click through link in an email which we have sent you, information about you, including information about the pages you visit, the documents you download and other information which can help us personalize our future interaction and communications with you may be collected. Any information collected about you from this Website and App may be associated with other identifying information that we have about you for the purposes set out above.
You may contact us to:-
Where you would like to request access to or receive a copy of all personal information held, such request should be in writing (email or post), addressed to “Canadian Access Request” c/o our Global Privacy Officer at the contact information above and should contain as much information as possible to facilitate our dealing with this request.
We generally record certain usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to our Website and App. This information may include the websites that you access immediately before and after your visit to our Websites and Apps, the Internet browser you are using pages requests, operating system, average time spent on our Website, and your IP address. If we use such data at all it will be on an aggregate basis, and we will not disclose to third parties any information that could be used to identify you personally. We use this information to help us understand our Website activity, and to monitor and improve our Website.
Sharing your information with Service Providers (including other BlackRock companies)
Your personal data may be collected and processed on our behalf for the purposes above:
(i) By any of the companies within the BlackRock group; or
(ii) By a third party service provider engaged by us for these purposes.
For example, BlackRock may use service providers to send email or other communications that are tailored to your interests and host, manage, and analyze data. BlackRock companies and service providers we engage may be based in countries outside of Canada. As such, your personal information may be maintained and processed by our affiliates and other third party service providers in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, European Union, India or other international jurisdictions in countries having different standards of protection for personal information. Our service providers will be required by us to protect your information in accordance with applicable data protection and/or privacy laws and not use the information for any purpose other than providing the service to us.
Compliance with laws
Your personal information will be held and processed by us in accordance with applicable data protection and/or privacy laws.
We and our service providers will not provide any personal information to any other persons, except if we or our service providers are required to make disclosures by any applicable law (which may include lawful access by U.S. or foreign courts, law enforcement and other governmental entities), any government or private parties in connection with a lawsuit, subpoena, investigation or similar proceeding or as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.
E-mail and marketing
BlackRock does not sell its clients’ personal information, nor will we provide your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your consent. BlackRock will not send you e-mail messages without first receiving your permission, unless it relates to servicing your account or unless you have consented to receiving electronic delivery of fund documents as part of our E-Delivery service. It is our policy to include instructions for unsubscribing from these permission-based programs in each message.
If you consent to receive push notifications through an App, we will send push notifications to your mobile device notifying you of new articles or other content available through the App. The push notifications may be tailored based on your interests and content that you have viewed on the App. If you do not want to continue to receive push notifications you can always withdraw your consent by changing your settings via the settings page of your mobile telephone.
Disclosure to third parties
Third party websites and apps
We have implemented reasonable physical, technical and administrative safeguards in an effort to protection personal information in our custody and control from theft, loss and unauthorized access, use, disclosure. We recommend that you do not send us any personal information via non secure methods of correspondence, including via public electronic communication channels, such as Internet e-mail, which are generally not secure.
BlackRock protects your personal information when you transact business on our Website and App by requiring the use of a browser software program that supports industry standard SSL encryption with 128- bit key lengths. The “128-bit” designation refers to the length of the key used to encrypt the data being transmitted, with a longer key representing a higher level of security.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored in your computer’s memory and hard drive, in your mobile device or tablet when you visit certain web pages. They are used to enable websites and applications to function or to provide information to the owners of a website, application, or other third parties which receive data obtained from that website or application.
When you visit any web site or use an application, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information is used to provide you with a more personalized web or application experience.
Your cookie preferences:
Cookies are necessary in order for you to be able to make full use of BlackRock’s Websites and Apps. In addition, cookies help us provide you with personalized features on our Websites and Apps. If you wish to remove cookies set by our Websites and Apps from your browser in the future, you may delete them. The instructions for removing cookies from your computer or mobile device depend on the operating system and web browser you use. If you chose to disable cookies, some of BlackRock’s Website’s functionality might be impaired.
Local flash storage
On certain of our Websites and Apps, we include content designed for display using Adobe Flash Player, such as animations, videos and tools. Local flash storage (often referred to as “Flash cookies”) can be used to help improve your experience as a user. Flash storage is retained on your device in much the same way as standard cookies, but is managed directly by your Flash software.
If you wish to disable or delete information stored locally in Flash, please see the documentation for your Flash software, located at www.adobe.com. Please note that, if you disable Flash cookies, some site functionality may not work.
The site www.allaboutcookies.org includes instructions for managing cookies on many commonly used browses, or you may consult the vendor documentation for your specific software.
Further information about cookies
If you would like to find out more about cookies in general and how to manage them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.