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Privacy

This website is maintained by the State of New South Wales acting through GovDC, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (“GovDC”). This Privacy Statement applies to all the publicly accessible pages on this site located at www.govdc.nsw.gov.au. GovDC does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to this site.
 
If you have any questions about this site, or the application of this Privacy Policy or a request for access to information held, please contact:
 
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
GovDC
2-24 Rawson Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9372 8720
 
Users of this website are entitled to expect that any information collected as a result of their use will be treated within the terms of the NSW Government’s privacy responsibilities and obligations. The NSW Government’s privacy practices are regulated by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) (“the PPIP Act”).
 
GovDC will not collect any more information than is necessary for it to fulfil its functions, nor will it disclose your personal information to anyone without your consent unless legally permitted or required to do so or it suspects you may have used the website unlawfully.
 
GovDC will require anyone whom it engages to collect, store or use personal information for it to comply with the information protection principles of the PPIP Act.
 
What information do we collect?
When you look at the pages of this website, our 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, .uk 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.
 
Cookies
‘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 website. Session cookies are short-lived, are used only during a browsing session, and expire when you shut down your browser.
 
This website uses [persistent / session] cookies. 
 
Persistent cookies record your preferences in relation to your use of the website 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 GovDC to present information that may be most relevant to you based on your previous visits. They also help GovDC to understand what parts of the site users find the most useful and improve the effectiveness of the website.
 
The cookies on this website 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. GovDC 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.
 
How do we use the information we collect?
The information collected during each visit is aggregated with similar logged information and published in reports in order for GovDC to identify patterns of usage of the website. This will assist us in improving this website and the services offered on it.
 
GovDC will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual computers, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without consent or otherwise in accordance with the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.
 
What exceptions are there to this rule?
GovDC will collect, use and disclose more extensive information stated above in the following circumstances:
 
unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published pages of the GovDC website;
unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on this website;
unauthorised attempts by other websites to index the contents of this website;
attempts to intercept messages of other users of this website;
communications which are defamatory, abusive, vilify individuals or groups or which give rise to a suspicion that an offence is being committed; or
attempts to otherwise compromise the security of the web server, breach the laws of the State of New South Wales or Commonwealth of Australia, or interfere with the enjoyment of this website by other users.
 
GovDC reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of this website raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed.
 
In the event of an investigation, GovDC 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, the information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by GovDC for archival purposes. The information is deleted when it is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected.
 
Who else has access to the information?
GovDC 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 GovDC, the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation Secure Logic (our Host) for the purposes of analysis and to report on the success of the site in meeting GovDC’s 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.