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Website privacy statement

This Website Privacy Statement applies to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's website with the domain name www.humanrights.vic.gov.au. It explains how we handle your personal information when you use this website.

Personal information is any information or opinion that identifies you or is capable of identifying you as an individual.

The practices outlined in this Statement are subject to any rights the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission may have to handle personal information in accordance with, and authorised by or under, Australian law.

This Statement only relates to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s website. When following links to other sites from this website, you should access the privacy statement of that site for information about its privacy practices.

Collection of personal information

You can access the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s website anonymously, without disclosing your personal information.

The personal information we may collect via this website includes, but is not limited to:

  • information submitted by you to enrol in a training course or join a mailing list
  • any messages or comments you submit to us via this website or to an email address displayed on this website, which may include personal information such as your name, email address, telephone number and opinions.

Use and disclosure of personal information

In addition to providing our services to you and carrying out your requests, we may use or disclose personal information that we collect about you via our website for the following:

  • any purpose disclosed on our website for the collection of the information, purposes connected with the operation, administration, development or enhancement of this website
  • where we suspect that fraud or unlawful activity has been, is being or may be engaged in
  • any other purposes required or authorised by or under Australian law.

We may share personal information within the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. We may preserve the content of email or other electronic messages that we receive. Any personal information contained in that message will be used and disclosed in accordance with the Commission’s privacy policy.

We will only add email addresses and any other contact details you provide to a mailing list with your consent.

We will not disclose your personal information to any third party, without your consent, unless we are required or authorised to do so by or under Australia law. A law enforcement agency or government agency may exercise its legal authority to inspect the web server’s records when investigating suspected unlawful or improper activity (for example, in relation to hacking or abusive messages).

Website analytics

To improve your experience on our site, we may use ‘cookies’. Cookies are an industry standard and most major websites use them. A cookie is a small text file that our site may place on your computer as a tool to remember your preferences.

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service that 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.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy and for the purposes set out above.

How to Opt Out or Disable Cookies

Cookies used by www.humanrights.vic.gov.au are enabled by default because of their integration into the website. If you do not wish to have cookies placed on your computer, you can disable them using your web browser. You will need to customise each web browser you use to turn off cookie tracking.

You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.

If you opt out of using cookies, you will still have access to all information and resources at www.humanrights.vic.gov.au.

Clickstream data

The following clickstream data are automatically recorded by the website’s web server for statistical and system administration purposes only:

  • your server address
  • your top level domain name (for example, .com, .au, .gov)
  • the date and the time of your visit to the site
  • the pages you accessed and downloaded
  • the address of the last site you visited
  • your operating system
  • the type of browser you are using.

To the extent that any clickstream data could make you identifiable, we will not attempt to identify you from clickstream data unless required by law or to investigate suspected improper activity in relation to the website or to assist in law enforcement.

Social media websites and applications

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission uses social media websites to share information and to engage with the public.

www.humanrights.vic.gov.au interfaces with social media websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and others. If you choose to ‘like’ or ‘share’ information from this website through these services, you should review the privacy policy of that service. If you are a member of a social media site, the interfaces may allow the social media site to connect your visits to this site with other Personal Information.

Some social media websites and applications may make personally identifiable information available to the public. The Commission will not collect, maintain, use, or share any personally identifiable information that becomes available through the use of social media websites or applications.

Please be aware that privacy policies provided by social media websites may not be the same as the privacy policy described here.

We advise that personally identifiable information or other information you share via social media or applications may be accessible by non-government third parties.

Read our social media guidelines.