Protecting your privacy online
ACLEI is committed to protecting privacy online.
If you report corruption or contact us, you do not need to identify yourself or use your real name. If you do choose to provide personal information we will deal with that information as described below.
While every effort is made to secure information transmitted to this site over the internet, there is a possibility that this information could be accessed by a third party while in transit.
ACLEI’s website is hosted and maintained by govCMS, through a contract with the Department of Finance. GovCMS provides cloud-based hosting of websites for a wide range of Australian Government agencies. More information is available on the govCMS website.
When you visit this site, the server logs the following information:
- the type of browser and operating system you are using
- your top-level domain name, such as .com, .gov, .au, .uk
- the address of the referring site, such as the previous site that you visited
- your server's IP address, a number which is unique to the machine through which you are connected to the internet—usually one of your Internet Service Provider's machines
- the date and time of your visit
- the address of the pages accessed and the documents downloaded.
This information is used for statistical analysis and systems administration purposes. No attempt is made to identify users or their browsing activities, but that information could conceivably be used if an investigation by a law enforcement agency is warranted.
Search terms you enter when using our search engine are collected, but are not associated with any other information that we collect. We use these search terms to ascertain what people are looking for on our site and to improve the services that we provide.
Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.
Interaction between this site and other sites
We do not use, maintain or share personally identifiable information made available through social media sites including Facebook and YouTube. You should consult the privacy policies of these sites for further information.
The govCMS online service is hosted in Australia in secure, government accredited facilities. GovCMS updates and tests security technology on an ongoing basis.
We aim to protect your personal information from loss, unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure, and against other misuse. Among other things, we safeguard our IT systems against unauthorised access and ensure that paper-based files are secured. We also ensure that access to your personal information within our systems is only available to those of our staff who need to have access in order to do their work.
ACLEI has established a process to deal with any occasion when personal information is lost or improperly disclosed – known as a ‘data breach’ – as required under Part IIIC of the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act). If a data breach occurs that affects your personal information we will aim to provide timely advice to you to ensure you are able to manage any loss (financial or otherwise) that could result from the breach. We will act as soon as practicable to contain or reduce the effect of any loss or potential disclosure, ideally before it occurs.
When the personal information that we collect is no longer required, we delete or destroy it in a secure manner, unless we are required to maintain it because of a law, or court or tribunal order. This situation might arise where the Archives Act 1983 requires that we maintain your personal information where it is, or forms part of, a Commonwealth record. We are also required to maintain records for certain other purposes, including where the National Archives of Australia issues a disposal freeze in response to prominent or controversial issues or events. More information on current disposal freezes is available from the National Archives of Australia website.
The Integrity Commissioner is exempt from the operation of the Privacy Act (see sub-paragraph 7(1)(a)(iiia)). Although the Privacy Act does not cover all the acts or practices of the Integrity Commissioner or all the actions of ACLEI in its dealings with personal information, the Privacy Act and its associated processes provide a valuable guide as to what is, and what is not, acceptable conduct for ACLEI and its staff dealing with personal information.
The Information for people involved in ACLEI investigations page provides information about issues that the Integrity Commissioner may consider when assessing any application from a person for release of information that ACLEI may possess.
ACLEI also follows the Guidelines for Federal and ACT government websites issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Correction and complaint
If you would like to make a privacy complaint, or to correct personal information held by ACLEI, please do so by sending an email to email@example.com.