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About privacy and the EPA website and mobile phone app
EPA is committed to valuing and respecting the privacy of the people that it interacts with as well as protecting the personal and sensitive information collected in the course of performing its functions under the Environment Protection Act 1970.
This page relates to privacy with respect to the EPA website and mobile phone app (application), and provides information about the following topics:
- collection of personal and other information
- secure transactions
- cookies and gathering of statistics
- use of information collected via the EPA Interaction Portal (accessible from the EPA website) and the EPA app
- access to information about you.
Collection of personal and other information
The EPA website does not collect or record personal information, other than information you choose to provide. EPA uses this information to respond to individuals and to provide information services as requested.
The EPA website collects anonymous information through web server logs. Information, such as the number, date and timing of visits to the website and the pages of the website visited frequently, is collected for statistical purposes only to assist us to improve our service.
EPA also collects anonymous information through the EPA mobile phone app.
EPA does not attempt to identify individual users from these web server logs or the app. We will only record your email address for the purpose of replying to messages or requests made by you. Any other contact details you provide will only be retained where:
- we provide you with a response to a request
- you provide us with information as a part of a transaction with EPA
- you agree to be placed on our mailing list for bulletins, newsletters or other information.
Email addresses and any other contact details you provide will not be added to a mailing list without your consent. We do not use this information for direct marketing. Any personal information you provide will only be used for the purposes for which it is intended.
EPA has implemented technology and security policies, rules and measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control, including unauthorised access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction and accidental loss.
Users should be aware that there are inherent risks in transmitting information across the internet. It is technically possible for information transmitted over the internet to be observed by third parties.
To protect the sending of sensitive personal and business information to EPA we have implemented secure transaction technology (secure sockets layers) to encrypt transactions.
The transactions protected by encryption include:
Cookies and gathering of statistics
The following information, referred to as ‘click stream data’, is logged by our server:
- server address
- top level domain name (for example, .com, .gov, .au, .uk, etc)
- the date and time of visits to our website
- the pages accessed and documents downloaded
- the type of browser used by visitors
- the address of the referring web page.
A web beacon is a technology that records web page usage statistics. The EPA website is currently using a web beacon to gather data about use of this site.
Cookies, clickstream data and web beacons are used to gather statistical information which is designed to assist in understanding what users find interesting and useful on this website.
This website uses Google Analytics and Adobe Site Catalyst website monitoring services to measure use of the website. Information about the privacy policies of Google Analytics and Adobe Site catalyst is available on the Google Analytics and Adobe Site Catalyst websites.
Use of collected information
Personal information provided by you will not be used and/or disclosed for any purpose other than that of the transaction you have entered into (for example, subscribing to an EPA newsletter or making enquiries by email), unless such a disclosure is required or authorised by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 or another law – for example, for law enforcement purposes or to reduce the threat of harm.
Access to information about you
People have a right to access and correct personal information that EPA holds about them. For information about accessing your personal information or any other privacy concerns privacy, contact the EPA Privacy Officer:
There may be some circumstances where access to information cannot be granted as it may compromise the privacy of another individual or for other reasons set out in the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
For more information contact the EPA Freedom of Information Officer:
Privacy information can also be found at the website of the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner. For more information please see EPA information release policy (publication 1491, August 2012).
Reviewed 1 June 2020