NIRS is committed to protecting user privacy. We understand and appreciate that visitors and users of this web site are concerned about their privacy and the confidentiality and security of any information that may be provided to us.
The NIRS has established a privacy statement to iterate our commitment to these principles.
When you look at this web site, our server makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes only:
* the user's server address
* the user's top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, etc)
* the date and time of visit to the site
* the pages accessed and documents downloaded
* the previous site visited, and
* the type of browser used.
No attempt is or will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect activity logs.
A cookie is a message given to a web browser by a web server. The browser stores the message in a text file called cookie.txt. The message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and possibly prepare customised web pages for them. When you enter a website which is using cookies, you may be asked to fill out a form providing such information as your name and interests. This information is packaged into a cookie and sent to your web browser which stores it for later use. The next time you go to the same website, your browser will send the cookie to the web server. The server can use this information to present you with custom web pages. So, for example, instead of seeing just a generic welcome page, you might see a welcome page with your name on it.
The name cookies derives from UNIX objects called magic cookies. These are tokens that are attached to a user or program and change depending on the areas entered by the user or program. Cookies are also sometimes called persistent cookies because they typically stay in the browser for long periods of time.
The NIRS/NINS website requires those users who wish to make use of the NINS News System (the registration-based news system that allows people within the community to contribute news to the NINS news area) to have cookies enabled. If users wishing to use this system to not have cookies enabled, they will not remain logged into the system, and therefore not be able to contribute to the site.
The NIRS receives your e-mail correspondence and treats it as an important piece of information which is retained and acted upon immediately. Your name and address details will not be added to a mailing list, nor do we disclose these details to third parties without your consent or prior approval. E-mail messages are monitored by website support staff for system trouble shooting and maintenance purposes.
We promise to protect your right to access the personal information that you provide to us. You can access this information at any time by logging into to your user account or by sending us an e-mail requesting the type of personal information that you want, when it may have been collected or the purpose for which the personal information was collected. We will take reasonable steps to correct any information that is inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date or misleading. Amendments are made by altering the record or adding a notation to the document.
We may refuse your request to access or amend your personal information but you will be provided with a reason for our decision and in the case of an amendment, we will place a note with your personal information indicating that you have disputed its accuracy.
If you have any queries about our privacy and security practices, please contact us.
Tel: +61 (07) 3226 4200
Fax: +61 (07) 3226 4511