This privacy statement applies to personal information collected through the Smarter Homes website.
The purpose of this privacy statement is to let users of www.smarterhomes.org.nz know when we collect personal information and what we do with it. We do not use, share or disclose personal information collected or received through this website except as set out in this statement.
This privacy statement applies to personal information collected through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) website www.smarterhomes.org.nz
Collection, storage and use
No need to disclose personal information
You can use www.smarterhomes.org.nz without disclosing any personal information.
Voluntary disclosure of personal information
You may choose to voluntarily provide personal information through this website (for example, in comments, questions or feedback. This information will be viewable by site administrators, MBIE staff (as appropriate) and sometimes third-party contractors who administrate or work on the site.
Holding of information
When you provide personal information, it will be held by MBIE. It may be stored or accessed on behalf of MBIE by authorised third parties (such as third-party contractors) to the extent that is necessary, for example for them to administrate or work on the site. We will store and keep it secure in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993 and agents will be subject to MBIE’s information security and privacy requirements.
Disclosure of information
MBIE will not share personal information that is provided or collected through this website, unless it is necessary to do so for the purpose for which you gave us the information (for example, to investigate a complaint) or where you consent. MBIE will not otherwise disclose personal information provided or collected through this website unless required or otherwise permitted by law.
Use of personal information
We will generally only use personal information provided to us through this website for the purpose you provided it (for example, to administer, evaluate and improve the site, to improve our services and to action or respond to the information provided). We may also use personal information provided to us through this website for other reasons permitted under the Privacy Act (for example, with your consent, for a directly related purpose, or where the law permits or requires it).
MBIE websites have security measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control. In order to maintain the cyber security of MBIE systems and information, MBIE systems are subject to ongoing monitoring (including activity logging), analysis and auditing.
We may use information about your use of our websites and other IT systems to prevent unauthorised access or attacks on these systems or to resolve such events. We may use this information even if you are not involved in such activity.
MBIE may utilise services from one or more 3rd party suppliers to monitor or maintain the cyber security of its systems and information. These 3rd party suppliers will have access to monitoring and logging information as well as information processed on MBIE websites and other IT systems.
Records and retention of personal information
MBIE will only retain personal information as long as it is required for the purposes for which the information may lawfully be used.
Where any information provided (which may include personal information) to or through this site constitutes public records, it will be retained to the extent required by the Public Records Act 2005. MBIE may also be required to disclose information under the Official Information Act 1982 or to a Parliamentary Select Committee or Parliament in response to a Parliamentary Question.
Rights of access and correction
You have the right to:
- find out from us whether we hold personal information about you
- access that information and, if applicable
- request corrections to that information
If MBIE has a good reason for refusing a request for correction, you are entitled to request that a statement be attached to the information of the correction that was sought but not made.
If you want to check personal information that we hold, contact our Privacy Officer by writing to:
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
PO Box 5488
For more information on the privacy laws in New Zealand and contact details for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, please visit the Privacy Commissioner's website.
In relation to site use and statistics, this site does not collect any information that identifies individual users.
We may collect statistical information about your visit to help us improve this site. This information is grouped and does not identify individuals. It includes:
- your IP address (unique numerical label assigned to each computer or device)
- the search terms you used
- the pages you accessed on our site and the links you clicked on
- the date and time you visited the site
- the referring site (if any) through which you clicked through to this site
- the device you used to access the site
- your operating system (for example, Windows XP, Mac OSX)
- the type of web browser you use (for example, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox)
- incidental matters such as screen resolution, the release of your installed Flash version and the language setting of your browser.
The statistical information referred to above will be viewable by site administrators and certain other MBIE staff. It may also be shared with other government agencies.
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You can read Google’s privacy statement, and access a Google Analytics opt-out tool, at the Google Privacy Center
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