Disclaimers for PrivacyCanada
- Affiliate Links
- How Do We Make Money?
Hey there! Odds are you might have clicked on this page when trying to check out one of our reviews or go-to guides. But you might also be curious about how Privacy Canada makes money, what we do with that money, and how all this disclaimer stuff works. That’s fine! Let us explain.
A lot of the content on Privacy Canada comes in the form of product reviews or long-form guide-reviews, where we’ll, for instance, tell you about the 10 best VPN providers for Canadian citizens. In all of these articles, we usually link to the purchasing page for the product in question we are discussing. These links aren’t like any other link, though; they’re affiliate links.
What does that mean? In a nutshell, affiliate links mean that we get a very small proportion of the profits that the company makes from your purchase you decide to buy the VPN or other anonymity tool we reviewed. It adds up to about a few cents if you just take a look around the website and a few extra cents if you buy something.
We know what you’re thinking; yes, this does mean that we make money if you decide to buy the products we talk about on our website. However, many sites like ours and others, covering topics from grills to cars to video game consoles, use the same affiliate system to maintain the website and produce enough income to keep the lights on. The potential profits we could make from people clicking on the VPNs we talk about are not high enough to focus on.
Even if they were, we’d like to be perfectly clear: whenever we make a recommendation on our website, it’s because we personally tested the product and come to the conclusion that it would benefit the Canadian public. We will never recommend a VPN or any other product or service if we don’t think it’s worth your time or money.
Ultimately, we’re driven as a company to be honest and operate with integrity in everything that we do. That’s why we’re dedicated to being upfront with all of our readers, including when it comes to our affiliate program.
In other words, none of the companies we have affiliate relationships with is able to sway our opinions or convince us to give them a gentler review just because we might make a few cents if you visit their site. Again, even if the money was higher… we would not accept bribes from these companies.
This is our best attempt to give you the VPN services and other anonymity tools you need to remain anonymous on the Internet in this day and age. We’d be directly working against our interests if we decided to promote subpar VPN products for the Canadian public.
That being said, we do have our own opinions based on our experiences with VPN products and other Internet privacy services. But the difference between us and websites without as much integrity is that we don’t let the potential for profit interfere with our opinions.
All of our recommendations or warnings are based on what we actually think about the product in question. We want to provide an actual opinion instead of just repeating the information you could easily find yourself by going to the product website specifications page.
In this way, you can come to Privacy Canada and get actionable and useful information whenever you need a new VPN service or want to learn more about Internet privacy laws and techniques.
At the moment, our list of affiliate relationships includes the following companies or organizations:
- Private Internet Access
- Total VPN
- Bell Smart Home
Despite seeing a number of familiar names on that list, rest assured that we don’t give any VPN or security tool provider or developer any special treatment. Just because we have affiliate relationships with these companies doesn’t mean we will necessarily give their product a stellar review. They need to earn our trust and our recommendation the same way we need to earn yours.
How Do We Make Money?
The affiliate process basically works by depositing the small commission that usually totals only around a few cents into our account every time someone clicks on an affiliate link or a sale is completed. This eventually adds up to a small bit of cash over time, but it’s normally only enough to pay for server space and help us maintain Privacy Canada. The truth is that most of us have other jobs we need to attend to, so we work on this website as a side project rather than as a full-time job.
On the plus side, making a little extra money this way allows us to focus more of our efforts on providing unbiased research and reviews and help you stay up-to-date with new VPN and Internet privacy news and occurrences. We don’t have to spend any time thinking about ways to scrape together enough money to keep the proverbial lights on; instead, we can spend all our time making new top-tier content for you to read.
What If It’s Not Enough?
No need to worry about us going out of business! We use top-tier hosting providers and will even pull money out of our own pockets to keep this website up and running if need be. We are supremely focused on providing the Canadian public with the information and products they need to surf the web anonymously, especially in light of recent events and government developments.
All in all, the earnings we get from our affiliate links are small bonuses that we funnel directly back into the operation and maintenance of this website. Using the money this way also keeps us honest.
- Learn more about our research process
- Check out how we test all our products
- Read more about our overall mission
Thanks for reading through this disclaimer and we hope it’s put to rest any concerns you might have about our bias or monetization. Good luck and we hope your stay here is informative and helpful!
The Privacy Canada Team