Muswellbrook Shire Council is committed to protecting your personal information. This Statement outlines Council’s practices relating to personal information obtained through access to its website. This statement is provided in accordance with the “Guidelines for Government Websites” issued by the Australian Privacy Commissioner.
Council has adopted a Privacy Management Plan in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (the Privacy Act). It is recommended that you read the Privacy Management Plan prior to submitting any personal information to us. Muswellbrook Shire Council respects and protects the privacy of users.
- Collecting information about you from the website
- Statistical Information
- How Will We Use Your Personal Information
- Disclosure of Your Personal Information
- Accuracy of Your Personal Information
- Storage and Security of Your Personal Information
- How to Access, Correct or Update Your Personal Information
- How We Dispose of Your Personal Information
- Other Important Information
Collecting information about you from the website
Council will only collect personal information directly from you, or your authorised agent. The information collected will be for lawful purposes directly related to the functions of Council.
Council will only request information that is necessary for the purpose of the collection. If you do not wish to provide personal information to Council, it may be unable to provide you with the services required. In accordance with the Privacy Act you can make application for Council to consider suppressing your personal information from a public register held by Council.
If you visit Council’s website to read or download information, the following information will be recorded for statistical purposes:
- Your server’s address
- The name of the top level domain from which you access the Internet (for example, .gov,
.com, .edu, .org, .au, .nz etc).
- The type of browser you use
- The date and time you accessed our site
- The pages you accessed and the documents downloaded
- The previous Internet address from which you linked directly to our site
- The Internet address to which you link directly from our site
The above information is used to create summary statistics which allow us to assess the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, discover what information is most and least used, determine technical design specifications, and help us make our site more useful to visitors.
How Will We Use Your Personal Information
Council will use your information for the purpose for which it was collected.
Council will use your information to understand community and customer needs to continuously improve our services.
Council may use your information to let you know about services or other information available. (eg Newsletters)
Council may share your information within other sections of Council, its agents and contractors to expedite services to its customers. The provisions of the Privacy Act bind council’s agents and contractors.
- You have consented to the disclosure.
- The disclosure is required or permitted by legislation.
- Where it is necessary to lessen a threat to someone’s life or health.
Council will take reasonable care to ensure that the personal information it collects, uses or discloses is accurate, complete and up to date.
How to Access, Correct or Update Your Personal Information
If you want to know exactly what personal information the Council is holding about you, you are welcome to request such information by contacting Council’s Privacy Officer.
You can apply to Council to amend your personal information to ensure it is relevant, up to date and complete and not misleading.
Other Important Information
Council tracks the pattern of visitor usage using a facility called a cookie. This cookie identifies and recognises the computer (but not the person using the computer) when you visit Council’s website.
Cookies are pieces of information that a website can transfer to an individual’s computer hard drive for record keeping.
Links to other websites
Council’s website contains links to other websites. These linked sites are not under the control of Council. Council is not responsible for the management or protection of any personal information you provide to these sites.
Before disclosing your personal information on any other website, the Council recommends you examine the terms and conditions of using their website.
Council will take all reasonable steps to protect the privacy of children.
Council asks that children under the age of 18 have a parent or guardian submit personal information on their behalf when required.
Changes to this Statement
Council will occasionally update this Privacy Statement. When it is update Council will revise the “last updated” date at the top of the statement.
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