This statement applies to user interactions with the website www.arts.gov.au.
This web site makes some use of data that directly or indirectly identifies users. We take great care with practices that affect personal privacy. Staff welcome feedback from their users in relation to the site's design and practices, and to this Privacy Statement. Questions and feedback should be addressed to the Department.
Automated data collection
Data that in some way identifies the user is gathered during interactions with the web site in the following circumstances:
- Computer Information
It is a necessary part of visiting any web site, including this site site, that the user's web browser provides the machine's identity (its IP-address) to the web-server, so that the server can address the reply to the correct machine. In addition, the browser type and operating system are provided.
- Navigation and Click-Stream Data
Browsing any web-site, including this site, generates a trail of the pages that are visited, and the time apparently spent displaying each page.
- Data Storage, Use and Disclosure, and Retention
All personal data described in the preceding section is stored in transmission logs, and archived for a period that is yet to be determined but is likely to be at least 12 months and quite probably 7 years.
The data is used by the site software, and by staff involved in the operation of the web site, only for:
- web site and system administration, including monitoring to prevent security breaches;
- customisation of the web site to the user's needs; and
- evaluation, research and development.
Identified data can only be re-disclosed to the user if the user provides the unique request session number. Identified data may be disclosed to a third party only in circumstances in which it is legally authorised, such as in the investigation of a criminal offence, and in compliance with a search warrant or subpoena.
We seek feedback from our users in order to improve the service offered by the site. The Department will not disclose this feedback to any third party, other than as required by law.