This statement applies to user interactions with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
The DBCDE site makes some use of data that directly or indirectly identifies users. We take great care with practices that affect personal privacy. DBCDE staff welcome feedback from their users in relation to the site's design and practices, and to this privacy statement. Please submit any questions about the privacy statement or on any other matter by using the department's contact form.
Data that in some way identifies the user is gathered during interactions with the DBCDE website in the below circumstances.
It is a necessary part of visiting any website, including the DBCDE 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 website, including the DBCDE 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 seven years.
The data is used by DBCDE site software, and by staff involved in the DBCDE operation, only for:
website and system administration, including monitoring to prevent security breaches
customisation of the website to the user's needs
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.
To improve the service offered by this site, we seek feedback from our users. If you have any comments on the technical operations or functionality of the DBCDE web pages, please use the site feedback forms. Answering the questions in these forms is voluntary and does not in any way affect your access to the DBCDE site. The department will not disclose this feedback to any third party, other than as required by law.