Australian Bureau of Statistics
ABS Web Site Privacy Statement
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is committed to protecting your privacy. We do so by transparently collecting, appropriately and ethically using, and securely storing personal information. We adhere to the Information Privacy Principles under the Privacy Act 1988.
The information you provide through this website will be kept secure by the ABS.
The ABS monitors use of its site in order to improve the site and the website services provided to you. In doing so, we use first party cookies in order to collect the following information:
More information about first party cookies can be found further down on this page. This information is used by the ABS for this purpose only and will be used to improve our online services. We do not collect identifiable personal information about you if you only browse this website.
When accessing specific ABS services <for example, Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)>, you may be required to provide personal information. This information will only be used for the stated purpose, and will not be disclosed without your consent unless the ABS is required by law to do so.
We will only use your email address for the purpose for which you provided it. It will not be added to a mailing list without your express permission, and will be removed from any ABS list at your request. We will not disclose your email address without your consent.
A first party (or persistent) cookie is very small text file placed on your hard drive by our web server. It is essentially your identification card, and cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. It is uniquely yours and can only be read by the server that gave it to you.
Using cookies allows the ABS to be more efficient. We can learn what information is important to our visitors, and what isn't. We can discard Web pages you don't use, and focus our efforts on information you need.
Some ABS on-line products and services also require your web browser to accept persistent (First Party) cookies. If you do not or cannot store cookies, it may be possible to acquire versions of these products and services on CD ROM or other media not connected to the Internet. Please contact us for further information.
In order to help you further protect your privacy, we have also implemented the files required to support the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) recommendations. P3P enables the ABS to express our privacy practices in a standard format that can be retrieved automatically and interpreted easily by P3P compatible browsers. For more information on P3P, please read the Frequently Asked Questions about P3P.
In addition to web server logs, this website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Reports obtained from Google Analytics are used to help improve the efficiency and usability of this website.
Google Analytics uses 'cookies' to gather statistics about how the website is accessed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers located outside Australia.
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.
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This page first published 29 February 2008, last updated 7 February 2014