AIVL’s Web Site Privacy Information Statement

Privacy Information

Your privacy is important to us and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible visiting our web site and using its services. Because we gather certain types of information about visitors to this site, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it. By using our web site you agree to the terms of this Privacy Information Statement.

We gather two types of information about visitors to this site:

Information that you provide through optional, voluntary submissions. Examples of these voluntary submissions are requests to receive electronic newsletters, to participate in our forums, make entries in our Guestbook or Calendar, and from participation in polls that AIVL may from time to time conduct; and
Information we gather through aggregated tracking information compiled predominantly by looking at the number of page views and unique visitors to various sections of the site. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers’ needs and to help our content providers better understand the demographics of our audience.

Optional, Voluntary Submissions

AIVL currently offers a variety of different projects and campaigns such as petitions and Friends of AIVL that visitors may take part in. To do this, AIVL collects the email addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. The e-mails are stored and utilized only for their intended purpose until the user remove themselves from the mailing list.

AIVL collects anonymous, non-personal Information about your use of this site through the use of “cookies”. Cookies are small computer files that allow us to know how often someone visits this site and the activities they conduct while on our site (such as visiting forums, etc.). The information collected by cookies can help us generate content specifically designed for you and also allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our site and for what purpose. Cookies also help us authenticate our users. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies.

This Privacy Information Statement does not protect you when you use the forums on this site. Any information shared in these online forums should be considered public information and may be seen or collected by third parties (e.g. other registered participants in the forums) that do not adhere to our Privacy Information Statement. You should have no expectation of privacy when participating in a forum (or bulletin board or online discussion group) – this applies to not only this site specifically but the entirety of the internet generally.

AIVL may from time to time conduct surveys to better target our content to our visitors. We will never share any of this information about specific individuals with any third party.

Aggregated Tracking Information

AIVL tracks visitor traffic patterns throughout the site. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. We do break down, for example, overall usage statistics according to a domain name (e.g. net.au, gov.au) or browser type (e.g. Explorer, Netscape) by reading this information from the browser string (informational code contained in every web browser). We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites visitors like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better site.

AIVL uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help better understand our audience’s demographics. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process.

What This Privacy Information Statement Covers

This Privacy Information Statement applies only to this web site. Some of the links on this site connect to other web sites. Once you leave this site and enter another web site, be aware any information you disclose on or through those sites is not subject to this Privacy Information Statement. AIVL does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of the third party web sites to which we may link. You should always review the privacy policy for those sites to understand how they treat your Personal Information.

Security

Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals at AIVL have access to the information provided by our visitors. Our forums are password protected and those passwords are encrypted for your and our protection.