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Privacy policy

1What information do we collect?

When you look at the pages on the Judicial Commission’s website, our computers automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed:

  • the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the machine that has accessed it
  • the fully qualified domain name (FDQN) of the machine that has accessed it
  • 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.

2How 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 Judicial Commission to identify patterns of usage of the website. This will assist us in improving the Commission’s website and the services offered on it.

The Commission 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 Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

3What exceptions are there to this rule?

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

  • unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published Commission pages
  • unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on the Commission’s website
  • unauthorised attempts to index the contents of the Commission’s website by other websites
  • attempts to intercept messages of other users of the Commission’s 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 NSW or the Commonwealth of Australia, or interfere with the use of the Commission’s website by other users.

The Commission reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the Commission website raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed. In the event of an investigation, the Commission will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

4Is the information stored securely?

Yes. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by the Judicial Commission for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.

5What will we do with information provided in our feedback forms?

The Judicial Commission provides feedback facilities on this website (see Forms and feedback) to allow users to provide input into the future development of the website and to comment on the provision of service by the Commission.

The provision of personal details on the feedback form 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. We will not add your email address or name to any mailing list.

The Commission 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.

6What will we do with information that had been provided in our publication order forms?

Prior to 2008, if you provided us with personal information needed to contact and bill you when ordering Judicial Commission publications, this information is held at our office or disposed of in accordance with the State Records Authority’s General retention and disposal authorities: administrative records (GA28).

7Who else has access to information within the Commission?

The Judicial Commission captures this information on its own computers. Access to the raw data is restricted to a limited number of officers in the Commission for the purpose of analysis and to report on the success of the website in meeting the Commission’s communication and access objectives. If you would like to access information held about you by the Judicial Commission please contact:

Ms Una Doyle
Chief Executive
GPO Box 3634
Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: (61 2) 9299 4421

8Will 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 website and will operate from the time it is posted.


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