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AustLII's privacy policies are based on respect for international standards of information privacy protection, such as the Information Privacy Principles set out in section 14 of the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988, and in the Australian Privacy Charter.

A. Information concerning usage of AustLII

A1. AustLII collects information which identifies, for each page accessed on AustLII, the network identity of the machine which has accessed it. AustLII retains this usage information for purposes of network analysis, usage analysis, and research into usage patterns for the purpose of improving AustLII services. Access to and use of this information is restricted to AustLII management and staff, and to researchers working on AustLII projects and subject to an agreement to adhere to this Privacy Policy.

A2. AustLII does not disclose or publish information which identifies individual machines,or potentially identifying sub-groupings of addresses, without consent. AustLII does publish aggregated information about usage patterns.

A3. AustLII reserves the right to gather more extensive information that stated above (i) about any attempted access to AustLII which raise security issues (and, where necessary, to make disclosures to relevent authorities); and (ii) for network analyses on an occasional basis.

B. Personal information contained in AustLII databases

B1. Some AustLII databases contain personal information, including the decisions of Courts and Tribunals, and the reports of Royal Commissions. AustLII publishes these databases with the consent of the public bodies concerned. It is the responsibility of the public bodies which provide these databases to AustLII to determine, subject to the requirements of the laws under which they operate, the appropriate balance between the privacy interests of individuals and the public interests in dissemination of the information. In particular, if personal data is to be anonymised before publication, this is done by the public body concerned. AustLII does not and can not censor part or all of the information provided by these public bodies for publication.

B2. AustLII does not give a general consent to the contents of these databases being indexed by other web sites. AustLII attempts to prevent such indexing occurring by placing these database outside the permitted scope of web 'crawlers', 'robots' or 'spiders' that adhere to the voluntary Robot Exclusion Standard. AustLII makes an exception to this general rule in some cases to allow other law web sites to index selected AustLII databases.

AustLII also monitors whether any robots attempt to index these databases in disregard of this Standard, and takes steps to exclude any that do so from any access to AustLII.

B3. AustLII users should note that there are legal limitations on the use, publication and dissemination of some personal information contained in AustLII databases, either relating specifically to certain databases (eg section 121 of the Family Law Act 1975 or relating to material found in any databases (eg Commonwealth and State laws concerning spent convictions).

AustLII reserves the right to exclude access to its databases by users or sites that are in apparent breach of any such legal requirements.

If you have any comments or suggestions in relation to this policy, please send us some mail.

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