Users of the LAB site are entitled to expect that any information disclosed will be treated within the terms of the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
When you look at the pages on the LAB site, computers automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed:
- the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the machine which has accessed it; your top-level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au etc.);
- the address of your server;
- the date and time of your visit to the site;
- the pages accessed and documents downloaded;
- the previous site visited; and
- the type of browser and operating system you have used.
HOW DO WE USE THE INFORMATION COLLECTED?
The information collected during each visit is aggregated with similar logged information and published in reports in order for HCED to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving the LAB site and the services it offers.
HCED will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual computers, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without your consent or otherwise in accordance with the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.
WHAT EXCEPTIONS ARE THERE TO THIS RULE?
LAB may collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:
- unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published LAB pages;
- unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on the LAB site;
- unauthorised attempts to index the contents of the LAB site by other sites;
- attempts to intercept messages of other users of the LAB site;
- communications which are defamatory, abusive, vilify individuals or groups or which give rise to a suspicion that an offence is being committed; and
- attempts to otherwise compromise the security of the web server or interfere with the enjoyment of the LAB site by other users.
HCED reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the LAB site raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed.
In the event of an investigation, HCED will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may execute a warrant to inspect our logs.
IS THE INFORMATION STORED SECURELY?
Yes. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by HCED for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.
WHO ELSE HAS ACCESS TO INFORMATION WITHIN HUNTER COUNCILS?
HCED captures this information on its own computers and through the use of third-party analytical software such as Google Analytics. Access to the raw data is restricted to a limited number of officers in HCED for the purpose of analysis and to report on the success of the HCED in meeting HCED communication and access objectives.
WILL THIS POLICY BE UPDATED OVER TIME?
Due to the developing nature of privacy principles for online communication, this policy may be modified or expanded in light of new developments or issues that may arise from time to time. The amended policy will be posted to this site and will operate from the time it is posted.
‘Cookies’ are small pieces of text data that a web server can store on, and later retrieve from, a user’s computer. They do not personally identify you, but do identify your browser. Cookies can be either ‘persistent’ or ‘session’ based. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer, contain an expiration date, and may be used to track your browsing behaviour upon return to the issuing web site. Session cookies are short-lived, are used only during a browsing session, and expire when you shut down your browser.
This LAB website uses persistent cookies.
They record your preferences in relation to your use of the site and provide us with other information about your enquiry that allows us to recognise your browser if you return to this website in the future. This allows HCED to present information that may be most relevant to you based on your previous visits. They also help HCED to understand what parts of the site users find the most useful and improve the effectiveness of the website.
The cookies on this site do not read the information on your hard drive. They do not make your computer perform any actions or make your computer send information to any other computer via the internet. HCED makes no attempt to associate cookies with users’ names or identities. Our server cannot find out your name or email address, or anything about your computer, by using cookies.