APN Newspapers Pty Ltd produces a variety of daily and non-daily publications, primarily servicing regional Queensland and Northern New South Wales. It also publishes Web sites.
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd respects your right to privacy. We are sensitive to the concerns that our clients, customers and online users may have with regards to the confidentiality, security and use of their personal information, and would like to reassure you of our position on this matter. The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to tell you what type of information we collect, how we may use that information, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the opportunities you have to access and correct the information we hold.
We encourage you to check the APN Newspapers Pty Ltd Privacy Statement regularly as this Privacy Statement may change from time to time. If you have any suggestions or concerns that are not addressed in this Privacy Statement, please contact us.
Please take some time to read through this statement and understand our position on privacy, by clicking the links:
• Our commitment to privacy
• National Privacy Principles
• What Personal Information we collect?
• How we use your information
• Is your Personal Information shared with anybody outside of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd?
• How secure is your information?
• Contact us
• Terms and Conditions of Use
• General Competition Terms and Conditions
• Electoral Comment
Our commitment to privacy
Aside from the contents of this statement, the conduct of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd is governed by the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 and in particular the following National Privacy Principles.
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd subscribes to the Privacy Standards of the Australian Press Council. For more information see:
National Privacy Principles
Principle 1: Collection of information
Personal information will only be collected to the extent necessary, by lawful and fair means, and for specified purposes which are relevant to the operations of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd.
When personal information is collected directly from the individual to whom it relates the purpose of collection will be identified and it will only be collected with the person's consent.
Principle 2: Use and disclosure of information
Personal information will only be used for:
a) a purpose for which it was collected or for a reasonably expected related purpose;
b) the derivation of anonymous or aggregated information;
c) the prevention or lessening of a threat to the life or health of the individual concerned or another person;
d) purposes permitted, required or authorised by or under law;
e) the enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty or for the protection of public revenue, where the use is reasonably necessary, or;
f) any other purpose, where the person concerned has consented to its use for that purpose.
Personal information will not be disclosed to a third party unless:
a) the person concerned has consented to the disclosure;
b) it is the usual practice of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd to pass information to a third party and the individual from whom the information was collected was notified of this practice at the time of collection;
c) there are reasonable grounds to believe that disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a threat to the life or health of the individual concerned or another person;
d) the disclosure is permitted, required or authorised by or under law; or
e) the disclosure is reasonably necessary for the enforcement of the criminal law or a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of public revenue.
Principle 3: Data quality
Prior to the use and disclosure of personal information, reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that personal information is relevant and to the extent necessary, accurate, complete and up to date for the purpose for which it is to be used.
Principle 4: Data security
Reasonable steps will be taken to protect personal information we hold against misuse and loss, against unauthorised access, alteration, destruction, and disclosure and all attempts will be made to destroy or de-identify personal information if it is no longer needed.
Principle 5: Openness
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd has clearly expressed policies on its management of personal information and these will continue to be readily available. APN Newspapers Pty Ltd will take reasonable steps to let individuals know, generally, what sort of personal information it holds, for what purposes, and how it collects, uses, and discloses that information.
Principle 6: Access and correction
Where APN Newspapers Pty Ltd holds personal information about an individual, it will provide the individual with access to the information on request, in a form or manner suitable to the individual's reasonable needs, except to the extent that:
a) providing access would pose a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of any individual; or
b) providing access would have an unreasonable impact upon the privacy of other individuals; or
c) the request for access is frivolous or vexatious; or
d) the information relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings between APN Newspapers Pty Ltd and the individual, and the information would not be accessible by the process of discovery in those proceedings; or
e) providing access would reveal the intentions of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd in relation to negotiations with the individual in such a way as to prejudice those negotiations; or
f) providing access would be unlawful; or
g) denying access is specifically authorised by law; or
h) providing access would be likely to prejudice an investigation of possible unlawful activity; or
i) providing access would be likely to prejudice:
(i) the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution or punishment of criminal offences; or
(ii) breaches of a law imposing a penalty or sanction
(iii) the enforcement of laws relating to the confiscation of the proceeds of crime;
(iv) the protection of the public revenue;
(v) the prevention, detection, investigation or remedying of seriously improper conduct; or
(v) preparation for, or conduct of, proceedings before any court or tribunal, or implementation of its orders; by or on behalf of an enforcement agency; or
(j) an enforcement agency performing a lawful security function asks APN Newspapers Pty Ltd not to provide access on the basis that providing access would be likely to cause damage to the national security of Australia.
Where providing access would reveal evaluative information generated within APN Newspapers Pty Ltd in connection with a commercially sensitive decision-making process, APN Newspapers Pty Ltd may give the individual an explanation for the decision, rather than direct access to the information.
Wherever direct access by the individual is impractical or inappropriate, APN Newspapers Pty Ltd and the individual should consider whether the use of mutually agreed intermediaries would allow sufficient access to meet the needs of both parties.
If APN Newspapers Pty Ltd levies charges for providing access to personal information, those charges:
a) will not be excessive; and
b) will not apply to lodging a request for access.
If APN Newspapers Pty Ltd holds personal information about an individual and the individual is able to establish that the information is not accurate, complete and up-to-date, APN Newspapers Pty Ltd will take reasonable steps to correct the information so that it is accurate, complete and up-to-date.
If the individual and APN Newspapers Pty Ltd disagree about whether the information is accurate, complete and up-to-date, and the individual asks APN Newspapers Pty Ltd to associate with the information a statement claiming that the information is not accurate, complete or up-to-date, APN Newspapers Pty Ltd will take reasonable steps to do so.
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd will provide reasons for denial of access or correction.
Principle 7: Identifiers
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd will not adopt as its own identifier an identifier that has been assigned by a government agency (or by an agent of, or contractor to, a government agency acting in its capacity as agent or contractor).
Principle 8: Anonymity
Whenever it is lawful and practicable, individuals will have the option of not identifying themselves when dealing with APN Newspapers Pty Ltd.
Principle 9: Transborder data flows
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd will not transfer personal data outside Australia unless:
(a) APN Newspapers Pty Ltd reasonably believes that the recipient of the information is subject to a statute, binding scheme or contract which effectively upholds principles for fair information handling that are substantially similar to these rules; or
(b) the individual concerned consents to the transfer; or
(c) the transfer is necessary for the performance of a contract between the individual concerned and APN Newspapers Pty Ltd, or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures taken in respect to the individual's request; or
(d) the transfer is necessary for the conclusion or performance of a contract concluded in the interest of the individual concerned between APN Newspapers Pty Ltd and a third party; or
(e) the transfer is for the benefit of the individual concerned; and
(i) it is not practicable to obtain the consent of the subject of the information to that transfer; and
(ii) if it were practicable to obtain such consent, the subject of the information would be likely to give it; or
(f) APN Newspapers Pty Ltd has taken reasonable steps to ensure that the information which it has transferred will not be collected, held, used or disclosed by the recipient of the information inconsistently with these rules.
What personal information we collect?
When submitting information on our website, we will collect details such as your name, email and phone number. Some of this information is essential for us to be able to identify accurately who is using the service so that we may be able to respond to your requests and, as such, is indicated by mandatory fields. Mandatory information requirements are clearly identified and are denoted by an asterisk (*). You will also be prompted when submitting a form if mandatory data has not been completed. Other types of information are collected to help us provide better services. Information of this type is optional - you need only fill it in if you wish to do so.
In general, you may be asked to provide APN Newspapers Pty Ltd with personal information when you:
· Send us your comments or suggestions
· Report a technical problem
· Request sales and advertising information
We also collect personal information in the normal course of business including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. This information is collected through meetings, phone calls, letters, fax, email, as well as commercial agreements, documents and dealings. This information is subject to all the National Privacy Principles as summarised above and is only used for the purpose for which it was provided. Generally this is limited to the transaction of general business.
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd will not collect sensitive information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, or details of health, disability or sexual activity or orientation unless:
a) the subject of the information has consented; or
b) the collection is required or specifically authorised by law; or
c) the collection is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of any individual, where the subject of the information is physically or legally incapable of giving consent; or
d) the collection is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal claim.
How we use your information
We will only record your e-mail address if you send us a message online. It will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it, as outlined above and we will not disclose it without your consent.
The information and feedback you provide through our website may be used to identify ways of improving the site and how we can make it more effective for your use.
All other personal information provided to APN Newspapers Pty Ltd is only used for the purpose for which it was collected except in the extreme cases outlined in Principle 2 of the National Privacy Principles above.
Is your personal information shared with anybody outside of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd?
Any personal information collected through the website is contained and access is restricted to the authorised personnel of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd and APN Holdings NZ Ltd who is responsible for the maintenance of the website.
Your information may be shared with third parties as explained below:
Related Bodies Corporate
We may share information about you with Related Bodies Corporate so we can provide you with the products and services you request and bring you information about products and services we offer.
Companies who provide Services to us
In some cases we contract with other companies or individuals to provide services for us. Examples of these may include deliveries, market research, public relations, debt collection agencies, legal advisors, auditors etc. We provide them only with such information about you as they need to perform their services and we impose strict requirements of security and confidentiality on them in how they handle your personal information. We make it very clear that they are not permitted to use information about you for any other purpose except to perform the services we have asked them to provide.
Credit information about you may be obtained from and provided to credit reporting agencies in accordance with applicable legislation.
All personal information supplied to APN Newspapers Pty Ltd is not shared with any other third parties unless explicitly and expressly communicated when you submit the information, without your explicit consent that any other personal information is passed on or used, or in the extreme cases outlined in Principle 2 of the National Privacy Principles above.
How secure is your information?
Any personal information that you submit to our website is held with the strictest confidence. This information is securely stored and access is restricted to authorised personnel of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd and APN Holdings NZ Ltd as descried above, ensuring that your personal information is protected and safeguarded. The information you submit to APN Newspapers Pty Ltd is used only for the purpose stipulated at the time that the information is collected.
Any personal information supplied by other means will also be held in the strictest confidence. The information is securely stored and can only be accessed by authorised personnel of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd.
All personal information will be de-identified where possible.
If you have any questions or comments on this Privacy Statement or the privacy policies of APN Newspapers Pty Ltd, if you would like access or correct your personal information, if you would like a hard copy of the Privacy Statement, or if you would like to make a complaint regarding your privacy, then please contact the Privacy Officer at:
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd
PO Box 8060
Maroochydore D.C. Qld 4558
Ph: 1300 130590
Fax: 07 5456 6924
APN Newspapers Pty Ltd acknowledges that you will click-through to third party sites from our sites, and thus recommends that you refer to the privacy statement of the sites you visit. APN Newspapers Pty Ltd Privacy Statement is applicable for APN Newspapers Pty Ltd sites only and assumes no responsibility for information and content of third party sites.
Terms and Conditions of Use
These terms and conditions of use ("Terms and Conditions") apply to all users of the APN Regional Newspapers Website ("Site") and it associated services.
By using the Site you are deemed to accept and agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions without exception or qualification. If you do not accept and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions please discontinue using this Site.
Username and Password
Users of the personalised sections of the Site will be allocated a username and password.
The username and password are required to access certain areas of the Site and access will be denied if incorrect username and password are entered or not entered at all. The username and password are personal to you and you agree, at all times, to maintain the confidentiality of your username and password. You agree not to disclose your username and password to any third party.
You agree that you are solely responsible for any use of the Site by any person accessing the Sites or its associated services by using your username and password. You agree to indemnify APN Regional Newspapers ("APN") against any and all claims arising out of your use of the Site and associated services or the use by a third party using your username and password.
You understand that APN may, for security and technical reasons, at any time, in its sole discretion and without prior notice to you, prohibit or restrict your access to the Site.
General information only - No Advice
You agree that APN does not provide any advice or endorsement of any kind. The material on the APN Site is general information only. It is not intended as advice and must not be relied upon as such.
APN does not give any advice or offer any opinion with regard to the value or suitability of any particular transaction or course of action or product. The availability of information through the Site does not constitute a recommendation by APN to enter into any transaction or follow any course of action or buy any product.
Any decision that you make is based solely on your own inquiries and you should take independent advice tailored to your own circumstances and objectives.
Accuracy of Information and disclaimer of warranties
All information on the APN Site is provided in good faith. APN, its information providers, contributors and associated service providers do not give any warranty whatsoever including, without limitation, as to the availability, accuracy, completeness, currency or reliability of the information or services made available via the Site.
APN, its related bodies corporate, subsidiary companies, directors and employees do not make any representations or warranties that any material on the Site is reliable, accurate or complete, nor do they accept any responsibility arising in any way for errors in or omissions from that material.
APN expressly disclaims (to the maximum extent permitted in law) all liability for any indirect, incidental, special or otherwise damages or losses or loss of profits of whatever nature howsoever arising resulting from your use of, or reliance on the Site or the information provided via the Site, transmission or alteration of data, use or access or inability to use or acess, statements or conduct of any third party on the Site. The site services and information are provided on an "as is" basis.
APN makes no warranty that the Site will be free from viruses or any kind of malicious code whatsoever or that your access to the Site will uninterrupted, timely or secure.
Linked sites and advertising
Links and pointers appearing on the APN Site from time to time are not endorsed by APN and APN takes no responsibility for material on any linked site. Linked sites do not form part of the APN network and are not under the control of APN or related bodies corporate nor does APN or its related bodies corporate have any responsibility for contents of any such links or pointers.
You agree that by accessing any linked site you are leaving the APN Site and you do so at your own risk and you agree to fully indemnify APN against any liability arising out of your accessing any linked site.
The material provided through the APN Site, which is authorised APN material, is copyright protected.
You acknowledge that APN is the proprietor or the authorised user of the copyright, trade marks and all other intellectual property rights ("IP Rights") in the software, text, graphics and other material ("Content") displayed or available through the Site.
Unauthorised use of the Content is strictly prohibited and may infringe the IP Rights in the Content. Subject to these Terms and Conditions, APN grants to you a non-exclusive and non-transferable single user licence to use the Content for your own private and non-commercial purposes. Content may be not be reproduced, published or transmitted in any manner without the prior written consent of APN.
General Competition Terms and Conditions
The competition terms and conditions listed below are common to all competitions conducted by APN Newspapers Pty Ltd and its associated subsidiaries. Further terms and conditions pertaining to individual competitions are published in the relevant publication.
Competition promoter is APN News and Media.
Employees of APN News and Media and subsidiaries and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.
All entries become the property of APN News and Media and may be used for marketing purposes. If you do not want your data collected, please contact the Marketing Services Department of this newspaper.
APN News and Media accepts no responsibility for property loss or damage, injuries sustained or additional costs as a result of accepting this prize. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. "Prizes are not redeemable for cash".
Responsibility for electoral comment on APN websites is taken by the editor of the corresponding newspaper.