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Australian Permaculture Information & Design Services
PO Box 311, Wingham, N.S.W, Australia, 2429.

PRIVACY & ETHICAL STATEMENT

Firstly we assure you that we do not collect data on individuals visiting this website, other than general statistics which helps us improve the website.  We respect and expect privacy.  Our website does not track visitors unless it is attacked.  We dislike spam and never pass on any email addresses to mailing lists or any third party.

Our webmaster was an activist and journalist during the Australia Card Referendum vote which was defeated in favour of privacy, and the subsequent establishment of the Australian Privacy Commission.  We have been an advocate of ethics on the internet, including: respect of privacy, human rights and non-vilification; and adherence to media laws including copyright and defamation; and consumer protection laws.
The www.permacult.com.au website has been audited and accepted by leading Health ethics organisations, by government best practice, and by organisations offering Seals of Assurance.  This website was examined by the ACCC (Australian Consumer & Competition Commission) in January 2002, given the a-OK and our webmaster was asked by the ACCC to give media interviews in relation to a campaign by the ACCC to sweep the internet looking for unscrupulous website operators.

CFIDS Health Site: Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors to this medical/health website, including their identity, is totally respected and guarded by this website. The website owners (Australian Permaculture Information & Design Services) undertake to honour or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state where the website and mirror sites are located (Australia and the United States of America).

Information Collection and Use
Australian Permaculture Information & Design Services is the sole owner of the information collected on this site.  We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.

Australian Permaculture Information & Design Services collects information from our users at several different points on our website.

Registration to join communities
In order to join a community you must first complete the registration form and provide your email address.  We’ll use this information to send you the community newsletter, contact you about the services on our site for which you’ve expressed interest - and for no other purpose  It’s optional to provide any other information but if you do, we can provide a more personalised experience on our site.

Purchasing from this website (including courses)
Purchases made through this website are made with third party, Paypal.  We do not see the credit card numbers or banking details.  Information such as name, email and delivery address are recorded for delivery purposes.  If we have trouble processing an order, we’ll use the information to get in touch with you.  We do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Security
This website takes every precaution to protect your information.  When you submit sensitive information via the website, this information is protected both online and offline.
Online:  Our computers and server that the website is stored on, is secured by the latest online security devices.  All sensitive information such as credit card number, is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry — SSL.
While on a secure page the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to unlocked, or open, as it is when you are just 'surfing'.
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line.  All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices.
Offline: Our data is backed up onto computers and disks and is not stored our computers connected to the internet to avoid the possibility of hacking.  Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information.  Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment.
If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to security@1Earth.com.au

Cookies
We do not send cookies.  It is possible that our advertisers may send a cookie to help customise your viewing of their webpages.  We have no access to or control over these cookies.  If you receive a cookie that you are suspect about, we suggest that you do not accept it, or just delete it.  In the unlikely event that you receive a malicious cookie from a third party associated with this site, we want to hear about it. security@1Earth.com.au

Log Files
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. See the general statistics data for this website.  We share aggregated demographic information below with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

Links to other websites
This website contains links to other websites.  Please be aware that Australian Permaculture Information & Design Services are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.  We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.  This Privacy & Ethical Statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

Newsletter
If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and email address.   This is an opt-in system, and you can opt-out at any time by using the links provided in the newsletter.  Names and email addresses are securely guarded. 

Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests.  Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you have a choice whether or not to disclose this information.  Information requested may include the optional of providing contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level).  Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes.  Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Special Offers
We send all new members a welcoming email to verify password and username.  Because we respect for the privacy of our users, we offer the option to not receive these types of communications.  Please see our choice and opt-out below.

Site and Service Updates
We send the user site and service announcement updates, if that option has been selected at the time of registration for the newsletter.  We communicate with you to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to you account via email or phone.

Correction/Updating Personal Information
If your personally identifiable information changes (such as your zip code), or if you no longer desires our service, we provide a webpage to correct, update or remove your personal information.  This can usually be done by emailing or phoning our Customer Support at support@1Earth.com.au

Choice/Opt-out
If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter, you may opt-out of receiving these communications by email at support@1Earth.com.au  The Opt-out procedure will appear at the foot of every newsletter.

Notification of Changes
If we to change our privacy policy, we will update it on our site so you will always be aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.  If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we’ll notify you by way of an opt-in email. You’ll have a choice as to whether or not we use your information in this different manner.  We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

Analysis for the www.permacult.com.au website for the Month of Dec, 2001.
Breakdown of Traffic by Continent 
North America with 9133 sessions. (32.60 % of traffic) 
South America with 20 sessions. (0.07 % of traffic) 
Europe with 989 sessions. (3.53 % of traffic) 
Asia with 2145 sessions. (7.66 % of traffic) 
Australia & Oceana with 2853 sessions. (10.18 % of traffic) 
Africa with 13 sessions. (0.05 % of traffic)
Total page views recorded : 44754 
The average number of views per page : 126.78
Page Views per Session Breakdown: 
23477 (83.79%) sessions made 1 page view 
4022 (14.35%) sessions made 2-5 page views 
279 (1.00%) sessions made 6-10 page views 
118 (0.42%) sessions made 11-20 page views 
66 (0.24%) sessions made 21-50 page views 
23 (0.08%) sessions made 51-100 page views 
20 (0.07%) sessions made 101 or more page views 
Server Activity Totals for Period: 
Total sessions served : 28019
Total hits made on server : 149354 
Total page view hits : 46164 
Total non page view hits : 103190 
Total time spent by all sessions : 1571963 seconds 
Total bandwidth : 1287022.37 kilobytes 
Total search engine referred sessions : 4782 (17.07%) 
Total referred session : 18176 (64.87%) 
Total blind (no referrer) sessions : 5061 (18.06%) 
Total referring domains tracked during period : 11
Website 'stickiness'
Time Spent per Session Breakdown: 

25526 (91.10%) sessions lasted 1 minute 
1302 (4.65%) sessions lasted 2-5 minutes 
927 (3.31%) sessions lasted 6-15 minutes 
182 (0.65%) sessions lasted 16-30 minutes 
29 (0.10%) sessions lasted 31-45 minutes 
14 (0.05%) sessions lasted 46-60 minutes 
25 (0.09%) sessions lasted 61 or more minutes

The only other statistics which we retain is page usage, which we regard as confidential commercial information.

 

Disclaimer for health website:  I am NOT a medical professional.
I am a CFS - EBV sufferer who is relaying some of his experiences and opinions.  None of the information on these pages is to be construed as medical advice.  Please see a doctor for such advice.  Due to the nature of my illness, I am unable to work for a regular employer in my former occupation as a journalist, and have started this Website, it's mirror sites and others, as an information resource and business. 
Principles of this site & Privacy Policy here.

Marcus Webb, Webmaster

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