- Information collected – Clickstream data
- Access to information collected
- Data storage, security, use and disclosure
The Polaris Centre’s objective in maintaining an active and expanding website is to improve communication with the community at large, specifically to:
- make it possible to quickly provide information about its activities and
- encourage feedback from you.
Because privacy is an important issue for many users of the Internet the Polaris Centre has formulated the following statement to reassure visitors to its website that it understands those concerns. If you have any queries or concerns about the Polaris Centre’s website privacy statement and/or its more general privacy policies please contact us.
This statement applies to all users who access the Polaris Centre’s website.
The Privacy Act 1988 and the Crimes Act 1914 may provide redress mechanisms and sanctions if users of the Polaris Centre’s website suffer loss or damage as a result of a breach of those Acts by the Polaris Centre.
This site is operated by the Polaris Centre using both commercial web hosting facilities. When visiting this site, a record of your visit is logged. The following clickstream data is recorded and is used by the Polaris Centre for statistical purposes:
- your server address
- your top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc)
- the type of browser you are using
- your operating system (for example Windows, Mac etc)
- the date and time of the visit to the site
- the pages accessed and the documents downloaded
- the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site.
- we will record your email address
- we will only use your email address for the purpose for which you provided it
- your email address will not be added to a mailing list unless you have specifically requested this
- we will not use your email address for any other purpose
- we will not disclose it without your consent except where authorised or required by law.
Other personal information collected by us, for example through the use of an online form or email will only:
- be collected by lawful and fair means
- be used for a lawful purpose and
- be collected with your consent.
The information collected by email or electronic forms will be used only for the purpose for which you provided it, and we will not disclose it without your consent, except where authorised or required by law.
The purpose for collection of information will be clear and explicit.
You may choose to subscribe to email alerts on the Polaris Centre site. We require your email address to send you alerts. This information is accessible by the web team that administers the Polaris Centre website.
No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation, a law enforcement agency or other government agency may exercise its legal authority to inspect our Internet web server logs.
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 quit your browser.
Like all modern websites which provide dynamic and personalised information, the Polaris Centre website, http://www.polariscentre.com.au, uses both kinds of cookies to provide a rich and session based experience.
Cookies are used to enable the Polaris Centre to track users browsing patterns in order to provide statistical information to improve the usability of the website.
Tracking Pixels. We also collect non-personally identifiable information through the use of tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that is placed on a web page and, in combination with a cookie, allows for the collection of information regarding the use of the web page that contains the tracking pixel. We use tracking pixels to tell when an advertisement has been clicked on or otherwise interacted with, and use that information to judge which advertisements are more appealing to users. In some cases, we use third-party service providers to help us collect and analyze this information.
Many areas of the Polaris Centre’s website offer the opportunity for people to submit queries and/or questions or ask to be added to particular mailing addresses. If you use those facilities we will not obtain personally-identifying information about you unless you choose to provide it.
If you wish to make a complaint or inquiry to one of our offices you can do so by sending an email, by writing, telephoning or faxing us. All of the necessary contact details are on this website.
In the case of complaints we require information such as your name, organisation and address so that we can contact you to discuss the matter. If you don’t wish to give this information by email you should use one of the other means of contacting us. While the risk of anyone intercepting and misusing information transmitted by email is usually very low you should be aware that a determined individual with the right skills may be able to do this. If you prefer, you can contact us using one of the phone numbers or addresses provided in the contact us page.
Under the Privacy Act, Information Privacy Principle 4 regulates storage and security of personal information. Privacy Principles 9, 10 and 11 regulate the use and disclosure of personal information.
The Polaris Centre generally does not use information it collects from its website for any other purpose than to improve its website services or to respond to complaints, inquiries or feedback.
No data collected from the site will be disclosed to a third party except where it is legally required or allowed, such as in the investigation of a criminal offence, and in compliance with a search warrant or subpoena.