Site terms & guidelines

The home page and connected social media accounts are for visitors, friends and associates of Matthew Burpee in Toronto to interact with each other and him about shared interests. On this page are four brief notices concerning this personal site:

  1. Privacy policy
  2. Commenting guidelines
  3. Accessibility & usability practises
  4. Copyright

Privacy policy
When information is collected through the contact form, elsewhere in this site, in email, or in person, Matthew is dedicated to maintaining both a high standard of privacy and a high standard of data protection in all activities. He must balance that respect for the privacy rights of his friends, clients and contractors with the responsibilities in the administration of his services. Personally identifiable information is not collected without your knowledge. Website usage stats are aggregated. Every precaution is taken to protect web users information. This policy is based on Canada’s PIPEDA legislation.

Commenting guidelines
When posting on this site and my related social networks let’s engage, help others, and give constructive criticism. Let’s commit to building and strengthening relationships based on ongoing dialogue and mutual respect. Please be legal, respectful, relevant, and aware. 1) Be legal. Do not post comments that are libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive or contain otherwise illegal content. 2) Be respectful. You should not make others feel unsafe or unwelcome. You should not threaten, written or otherwise, others. 3) Be relevant. Your comments should be on-topic and not self-promoting (unless that’s the topic). 4) Be aware. This site and related social media accounts are not monitored 24/7. Posts may be moderated and decisions should be considered final. See more about how the Canadian Criminal Code and other jurisdictions interpret interpersonal communications online.

Accessibility & usability practises
In line with Ontario’s accessibility laws and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), these pages have been constructed to “transform gracefully”, in other words, they: 1) separate structure from presentation. They use Cascading Style Sheets to control much of the presentation. 2) all content is provided as text; when images, audio or video files are used, they are given equivalent alternatives. 3) documents do not rely on one type of hardware. Users can access the site with a variety of browser technologies, mobile devices, screen resolutions and settings, with or without mice, etc. 4) all attempts have been made to ensure that the content is understandable and navigable. There is a standardized site menu that indicates where you are within the site structure.

All content in this website falls under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License. You are free to: 1) Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose. 2) Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material. You must give appropriate credit and link to the original content and to the license.