Sky News Australia (Sky News) commenced its 24 hour news service on February 19th 1996, becoming the first and only Australian produced television news channel. Sky News is a joint venture of Australia's Nine Network and Seven Network, and the United Kingdom's Sky News channel, a part of the British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) network.
1. HOW AND WHY SKY NEWS COLLECTS PERSONAL INFORMATION.
Sky News needs to collect personal information in order to conduct its business.
Our audience. We collect personal information from members of the public who contact us through our website or by telephone. For example, our website contains a section called "Your Say", where we provide you with an opportunity to contact us with your comments (by email or by telephone). If you provide us with your comments, we give you the opportunity to let us know if you do not want us to respond. If you would like us to respond, we will collect personal information from you (including your name, email address and suburb) in order to do so.
If you do wish us to respond to your enquiry, we will keep your comments but will not retain other personal information about you (ie your comments will be 'de-identified').
Business contacts. Sometimes, Sky News needs to collect personal information from people we do business with. This will usually happen when we collect the name and business contact details of a person who is the contact in a government agency or company we deal with, or in one of our contractors or suppliers or shareholders.
Sky News's policy is only to use personal information collected from its audience or business contacts for the business purpose for which it was collected, and not for any other purpose.
We do not collect personal information that we do not need.
2. WILL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION BE GIVEN TO ANYONE ELSE?
Sky News will not sell, rent or trade personal information about you to or with others.
Personal information collected by Sky News may be disclosed to third parties to whom we outsource specialised functions (such as mailing houses or printing companies), and if so, Sky News takes steps to ensure that those contractors:
The only other time Sky News would make disclosures of personal information is if we are required to do so by law, or if the disclosure is permitted under the Privacy Act.
3. HOW IS YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION STORED?
Sky News takes physical, electronic and managerial steps to ensure that the personal information it holds is secure from unauthorised access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure. Sky News only permits your details to be accessed by authorised personnel, and we educate our staff about their responsibilities under the NPPs.
4. YOUR RIGHT OF ACCESS AND CORRECTION.
Under the Privacy Act, you have the right to seek access to information which Sky News holds about you (although there are some exceptions to this). You also have the right to ask us to correct information about you which is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date.
Please note that the personal information we hold about you will be information that you have provided to us.
We will assume (unless you tell us otherwise) that your request relates to our current records about you. To provide you with access to "current" personal information, Sky News would ordinarily provide you with a print-out of the relevant personal information from our databases, or with photocopies of records which are held only on paper files. Ordinarily, Sky News will not charge you for the cost of providing this type of access to these records.
For legal and administrative reasons, Sky News may also store records containing personal information in its archives. You only have a legal right to seek access to personal information about you collected by us prior to 21 December 2001 if we use or disclose that personal information after that date. If you do wish to seek access to personal information collected by us prior to 21 December 2001, please contact our Privacy Officer to discuss whether access may be available. Please note that if we do provide access to old records, we may charge you for the cost of providing such access.
5. ONLINE COLLECTION OF PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION.
As noted above, Sky News may collect personal information about you from our website if it is volunteered by you through our 'Your Say' page. Otherwise, Sky News does not collect personal information about you through our website.
However, our website may also collect other information that may not be personal information. For each visitor to our website, our server automatically recognises and stores the visitor's domain name, but not their email address.
Sometimes our website contains links to other websites, for your convenience and information. When you access a website other than www.skynews.com.au, please understand that Sky News is not responsible for the privacy practices of that site. We suggest that you review the privacy policies of each site you visit.
6. ADDITIONAL PRIVACY INFORMATION & HOW TO CONTACT SKY NEWS.
For further information about privacy issues and the protection of privacy visit the Australian Federal Privacy Commissioner's website at www.privacy.gov.au.