Privacy Policy

Privacy
This statement sets out the ExplorOz policies relating to the collection and use of your personal information. It applies to your conduct on the ExplorOz web site (the "Site"). These policies are in addition to the ExplorOz general Terms of Use governing the Site and should be read in conjunction with such Terms of Use.
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Article By: ExplorOz Team (April 2003)
Latest Feedback: 26 Sep 2012

Go to top Introduction

ExplorOz ("ExplorOz") is a registered business and product of I.T. Beyond Pty Ltd. ("I.T. Beyond") As the operator of Australia's leading 4WD resource, ExplorOz delivers content drawn from I.T. Beyond's research and related resources.

This statement sets out the ExplorOz policies relating to the collection and use of your personal information. It applies to your conduct on the ExplorOz web site (the "Site"). These policies are in addition to the ExplorOz general Terms of Use governing the Site and should be read in conjunction with such Terms of Use.

Please note that separate privacy policies apply to the use of sites that are available through the Site but are not operated by ExplorOz directly ("third party sites"). Before disclosing your personal information to any third party site you should read the relevant policy or terms of use.

Go to top 1. Your personal information is important to us

ExplorOz recognises that your privacy is very important to you and that you have a right to control your personal information. We know that providing personal information is an act of trust and we take that seriously. Unless you give us explicit consent to act otherwise, the following policy will govern how ExplorOz handles your personal information and safeguards your privacy. ExplorOz is committed to protecting your personal information and giving you choice in who can use your personal information and how it can be used. We believe that our privacy policy not only complies with relevant laws but represents industry best practice.

Go to top 2. ExplorOz Visitor & Membership systems

ExplorOz utilises a system of user registration (free service) and Membership (annual subscription fee) with various features that are designed to offer a more rewarding and personalised online experience. However, in order to protect these Site features from unscrupulous attack by software programs, we restrict the non-registered user from accessing these Site features.

To obtain the full benefits of Site use, users are required to register with ExplorOz by providing their email address and then using the site whilst logged on using this email account each time they visit the Site. If you do not view the site with your profile then you cannot access the restricted areas of the site and cannot use the interactive features of the site that enable you to add content (publish) to the Site. The Site however, contains many active pages of content and features that can be viewed in "read-only" mode if you do not register or do not login.

The Membership system provides enhanced viewing facilities, access to Member-only services and tools in addition to the free services accessible by all registered users.

You can learn more about enhancing your online experience through Membership by clicking here.

Go to top 3. Collecting personal information about you

There are two main ways we collect information about you:

i. If you do not log in to ExplorOz using a registered profile

Whenever you visit our site, our servers automatically record information about your usage of the Site such as the time of the visit, its duration and the pages which you visit. This is intended to help us to understand what parts of our Site our users enjoy the most, and to help us to ensure that any advertising is most directly relevant to your interests. The information we collect about you remains anonymous, and we do not link it to any other personal information.

If you do not want us to retain any information at all, even in an anonymous form, you can use the Preferences on your browser program to remove all cookies and set the browser not to accept cookies in the future. For more information on disabling cookies, click here.

ii. If you log in to ExplorOz using a registered profile

Once you have registered, you have provided your email address to us. We require the use of your email account in order to verify that your visits to the Site are from a verified individual rather than a spam account or software program. This allows us to open a level of Site access that allows you to utilise the interactive sections on the Site where you may add content (publish) to the Site.

When you first register we collect information from you directly and also from time to time thereafter if you provide us additional information.

Once you have logged on using a registered profile, we keep a record of how you use the Site. This helps us to build a profile of your site activity so that we can personalise your experience of the Site and publish information in your My Home and Profile which tracks what Site changes have occured since your last visit, and to tag relevant updates you have made back to your Profile.

Any further collection of your personal information other than that explained above will only occur with consent from you. ExplorOz only collects information from your use of our Site. We do not collect information about you from other organizations or from websites outside the Site that you may visit.

Go to top 4. Preserving your privacy

We understand that most internet users are concerned about their privacy, want to keep control of their personal information, and may not trust the web sites which they visit. In fact, research shows around a third of internet users give false information online rather than saying who they really are.

ExplorOz understands that even with our privacy policy, some people still will not feel comfortable disclosing their personal information in order to register or even to join as a Member. We have accounted for this in the way you may setup your alias/screen name. This way, you choose your own alias, which might be "Mickey Mouse" or "Blinky Bill" and that's what we will call you in all our correspondence and that is what the site will show to others when use the interactive features. We won't know who you really are, but we will still be able to track your use of the Site and therefore give you the most enjoyable and customised experience of the Site possible. We never disclose information to any person or organisation (either online or if requested by phone or email) that identifies you as an individual (such as your name or your email address), however you may choose to add this information to your public profile (if you are a Member).

Go to top 5. Cookies

Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Most Web browsers are set to accept cookies. However, if you do not wish to receive any cookies you may set your browser to refuse cookies (for more information on disabling cookies, click here. In some instances this may mean you will not be able to take full advantage of parts of the Site. For instance, you may not be able to login.

The use of cookies can enhance your enjoyment of what is offered by ExplorOz, because they can help personalise your experience of our website. They can make it easier for you to shop online and can ensure that information provided to you is most relevant to your interests. Cookies can provide us with aggregated information on how people use our websites, and which advertisements are effective, which helps us to keep improving our Site. We also use cookies to operate the Visitor & Membership systems, as they help us to identify visitors to the site who have previously registered.

Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's browser. The cookies simply contain a unique identifier which help us to know what our customers find interesting and useful on our website, almost like a continuing questionnaire.

Your Browsing History

Telstra’s digital advertising network is responsible for placing some of the advertising on this site. To make this advertising more relevant to you, anonymous information about the previous web browsing activity of your computer on sites within Telstra’s network is collected and used to associate your computer with one or more pre-defined interest categories. Advertising that matches those interest categories may then be served to your computer. This interest based advertising does not change the amount of advertising you receive, it just makes it more relevant. You can learn more about the interest based advertising conducted by Telstra here www.telstra.com.au/privacy/interest-based-advertising. General information about interest based advertising is available from the industry website www.youronlinechoices.com.au, and you can also opt out of some or all interest based advertising here www.youronlinechoices.com.au/opt-out.

Go to top 6. Using and disclosing your personal information

ExplorOz will not use or disclose any information about you without your consent, or access your communications on our websites, unless:
  • Required by law.

  • We believe it necessary to provide you with a service which you have requested.

  • To implement our terms of use.

  • To protect the rights or property of ExplorOz, any ExplorOz user, or any member of the public.

  • To lessen a serious threat to a person's health or safety.
We will not give any of your personal information to Advertisers or any other organisation without your express consent.

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Go to top 7. "Spam" (promotional email)

We will not send you "spam" (advertising information) without first asking you whether you wish to have promotional information sent to you. If you are receiving promotional information about ExplorOz or its affiliates and do not wish to receive this information any longer, you may remove your name from our list either by visiting the website from which the communication was sent and following the instructions on how to withdraw your information from that site (where that facility is available), or emailing us at info@ExplorOz.com and asking to be removed from our mailing list. Please allow two days for this request to be processed.

Go to top 8. Storage and security of your personal information

ExplorOz will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to keep secure any information which we hold about you, and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Your information is stored on secure servers that are protected in controlled facilities.

In addition, our employees and the contractors who provide services related to our information systems are obliged to respect the confidentiality of any personal information held by ExplorOz and I.T. Beyond Pty Ltd. However, neither ExplorOz nor I.T. Beyond Pty Ltd. will not be held responsible for events arising from unauthorised access to your personal information.

You can also play an important role in keeping your personal information secure, by maintaining the confidentiality of any password and accounts used on the ExplorOz website. Please notify us immediately if there is any unauthorised use of your account by any other Internet user or any other breach of security.

Go to top 9. You can access the information we keep about you

As indicated above in section 3, if you do not log on using a registered profile, we do not collect information which identifies you personally. If, however, you log on using a registered profile you are able to access, change and update your details at any time. If you wish to know what other information we hold about you whilst you have been logged onto the Site, please send an email to us at info@ExplorOz.com advising us of the email address you used to register your account. We will endeavour to respond to your request within 24 hours.

ExplorOz provides links to websites outside of the Site. These linked sites are not under the control of ExplorOz, and we cannot accept responsibility for the conduct of companies, organisations or individuals linked to our website. Before disclosing your personal information on any other website, we advise you to examine the terms and conditions of using their websites.

Go to top 11. What to do if you have a problem or question

If ExplorOz becomes aware of any ongoing concerns or problems with our Site, we will take these issues seriously and work to address these concerns. If you have any further queries relating to our privacy policy, or you have a problem or complaint, please contact us at info@ExplorOz.com

Go to top 12. Future changes

Our commitment to make ExplorOz Australia's leading 4WD Web Site means that we are constantly adding new sites and features to the Site. Because of this, from time to time, our policies will be reviewed and may be revised. ExplorOz reserves the right to change its privacy policy at any time and notify you by posting an updated version of the policy on its website.

Go to top 13. Further information on privacy

For more information about privacy issues in Australia and protecting your privacy, visit the Australian Federal Privacy Commissioner's website.

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