The Queensland Government has introduced privacy legislation which applies to the Queensland public sector (including local governments from 1/7/2010) —the Information Privacy Act 2009. The Information Privacy Act contains a number of privacy principles which set out how agencies may and must handle personal information. Personal information means any information from which your identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained.
Our policy is to respect and protect the privacy of our website users and, as a general rule we do not collect personal information about you when you visit our site. You are able to visit our site without revealing any of your personal information.
However, you may enter your personal information into forms available on our website to avail yourself of various online facilities. In these cases, your details will only be used and accessed in accordance with the statement provided on the form.
Where you provide your personal information during the course of completing a form, survey or other activity on our website, your details will be used and accessed in accordance with the statement provided on the form. In addition to any privacy statements provided on the form, by providing your personal information, you agree that your personal information will:
- be used and accessed in accordance with the statement provided on the form, or otherwise be used for the processing of your request and for performing other Council and administrative functions related to your request – this may include access to your personal information by Council employees, contractors or sub-contractors engaged by Council;
- be transferred both inside and outside of Australia to AWS Comprehend (an Amazon cloud based platform) for the purposes of undertaking automatic data analysis with such data being used in accordance with the Amazon Privacy Notice (accessible here: https://aws.amazon.com/privacy/ ); and
- where your access to Council’s site is integrated with Facebook functionality, be shared with and processed by Facebook in accordance with the Facebook Data Policy (accessible here: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy) which you can request to be deleted by Facebook in accordance with your individual Facebook settings used to link to or otherwise participate on Council’s platform.
Your personal information may be stored offshore without the same protections in relation to personal information which apply in Australia.
correspondence sent to this site may be treated as a public record and retained
as required by the Public Records Act 2002 and other relevant legislation.
email address details will not be added to a mailing list (unless you so
request), nor will we disclose these details to third parties (except for
Harvest and Amazon) without your consent, unless required by law. Email
messages may be monitored by our information technology staff for system
trouble-shooting and maintenance purposes.
Your personal information is protected by law. These laws prohibit any person from accessing, using or disclosing any personal information except in the performance of their duties or in specific circumstances permitted by these laws.
While we provide a secure and reliable system, this site does not provide facilities for the secure transmission of information across the Internet. Users should be aware that there are inherent risks associated with the transmission of information across the Internet, and that use of the contact facilities provided through this website is at the risk of the user.
When you view the Gladstone Regional Council website, our web server makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:
- your server (IP) address
- the type of browser and operating system used
- the date and time of your visit
- the previous site visited
- the pages accessed and the files downloaded, and
- the time spent on individual pages and the site overall
Gladstone Regional Council will not make any attempt to use these statistics to identify individual users. However, in the unlikely event of an investigation, a law enforcement agency or other government agency may exercise its legal authority to inspect our log files.