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Privacy Statement: emergencyNSW

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This website is maintained by the NSW Ministry for Police and Emergency Services. This Privacy Policy applies to all the publicly accessible pages on this web site located at http://www.mpes.nsw.gov.au and to all the publicly accessible pages listed in the search results web pages. The Ministry for Police and Emergency Services does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to the MPES website. If you have any questions about this website, or the application of this Privacy Policy or a request for access to information held please contact us.

Users of this site are entitled to expect that any information as a result of that use will be treated within the terms of the New South Wales government's privacy responsibilities and obligations. The New South Wales government's privacy practices are regulated by the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.

What information do we collect?

When you look at the pages on 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.

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 the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving the website and the services offered on it.

The Ministry for Police and Emergency Services will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual machines, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without consent or otherwise in accordance with the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.

What exceptions are there to this rule?

The Ministry for Police and Emergency Services will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:
  • unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published pages;
  • unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on this website;
  • unauthorised attempts to index the contents of this website by other sites;
  • 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; and
  • 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.
The Ministry for Police and Emergency Services 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, the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

Is the information stored securely?

Yes. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services 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 the Department?

The Ministry for Police and Emergency Services captures this information on its own computers. Access to the raw data is restricted to a limited number of officers in the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services for the purpose of analysis and to report on the success of the MPES website in meeting the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services' 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.
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