Privacy

This Privacy Statement applies to all publicly accessible pages on the Greater Taree City Council website. Council does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practice of third party sites linked to or from the Greater Taree City Council website.  

Greater Taree City Council’s privacy practices are regulated by the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and are outlined in our Privacy Management Plan. Users of the Greater Taree City Council website can expect that any information collected as a result of that use will be treated within the terms of Greater Taree City’s privacy responsibilities and obligations.  

What information do we collect?  

When you look at the pages on the Greater Taree City Council website, our computers automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed: 

  • The IP (Internet Protocol) address of the machine which has accessed it 
  • The address of your server 
  • The date and time of your visit to the website 
  • The pages accessed and documents downloaded 
  • The previous website visited 
  • 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 Council to identify usage patterns of the website. This information will assist in improving the Greater Taree City Council website and the services offered on it. 

Council 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 1998, or its Privacy Management Plan. 

What exceptions are there to this rule? 

Council will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances: 

  • Unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published Greater Taree City Council pages 
  • Unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on the Greater Taree City Council website 
  • Unauthorised attempts to index the contents of the Greater Taree City Council website by other websites 
  • Attempts to intercept messages of other users of the Greater Taree City Council website 
  • Communications which are defamatory, abusive, vilify individuals or groups or which give rise to a suspicion that an offence is being committed 
  • 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 the Greater Taree City Council website by other users 

Council reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the Greater Taree City Council website raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed. 

In the event of an investigation, Council 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 Council for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted. 

What will we do with information provided in Feedback? 

Feedback facilities on the Greater Taree City Council website allow users to provide input into the future development of the website and to comment on the provision of services by Greater Taree City Council. 

The provision of personal details on feedback is optional. 

Users may provide personal details for the purpose of receiving a reply to their feedback. This information will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided. Greater Taree City Council will not add your email address or name to any mailing list. 

Council may publish aggregated information about feedback on the website, to the extent that it does not identify or cannot be used to identify individual users. 

Who else has access to information? 

Council captures information on its own computers. Access to the raw data is restricted to a limited number of officers for the purpose of analysis and to report on the success of the Greater Taree City Council website in meeting the Council communication and access objectives. 

Subscribing to receive email updates 

If you choose to subscribe to one of Council's regular email newsletters we will keep your personal details confidential and not divulge them to any third party. You can elect to unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. Council will send you the relevant email newsletters and other important communication. 

Cookie Policy 

A cookie is an electronic token that is passed to your browser which passes it back to the server whenever a page is sent to you. 

Some parts of this web site may use a cookie to maintain contact through a session. The cookie allows the server to maintain a login session as you move from one page of this web site to another. 

What do we use cookies for? 

We use cookies to learn more about the way you interact with our content and help us to improve your experience when visiting the Greater Taree City Council website. We use cookies to make the Greater Taree City Council website easier to use and to better tailor the Greater Taree City Council website to your interests and needs. Cookies may also be used to help speed up your future activities and experience on the Greater Taree City Council website.  

We also use cookies to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how people use the Greater Taree City Council website and to help us improve their structure and content. We cannot identify you personally from this information. 

How do I reject and delete cookies? 

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, should you wish to do so, you can choose to reject or block the cookies set by Shell or the websites of any third party suppliers by changing your browser settings – see the Help function within your browser for further details. Please note that most browsers automatically accept cookies so if you do not wish cookies to be used you may need to actively delete or block the cookies. 

For information on the use of cookies in mobile phone browsers and for details on how to reject or delete such cookies, please refer to your handset manual. 

Note, however, that if you reject the use of cookies you will still be able to visit our websites but some of the functions may not work correctly.