We respect your privacy and will never sell your information
We know that how we collect, use, disclose and protect your information is important to you, and we value your trust. That’s why protecting your information and being clear about what we do with it is a vital part of our relationship with you.
Collection of personal information
Personal Information is defined in the Privacy Act as information about an identifiable individual (a natural person as opposed to a company or other legal entity).
Types of personal information we collect
The types of personal information we collect will vary depending on the nature of your dealings with us. We only collect personal information that is necessary. Where reasonable and practicable, we will collect your personal information directly from you and inform you that we are collecting it.
We mainly collect personal information directly from you, for example:
- Over the telephone or a video call (such as over Google Meet or Zoom) e.g. when you contact our staff;
- Through one of our digital platforms like our website and social media pages (including through any online chat, virtual assistant or bots)]
- When you email or write to us; or
- When you participate in a marketing campaign, competition or promotion (or a similar event) administered by us or our representatives.
If it is not obvious that we are collecting personal information from you, we will do our best to make it clear to you so that you are always aware when information is being collected.
As part of our work with the community, we collect personal information from you, including:
- Contact details (such as your email address, postal address, phone number)
- Details of any queries you have made
- Details of any preferences you tell us about (such as subscription preferences).
We collect your personal information in order to:
• Ensure a record of event attendance for the security of all in case a health concern arises following the event – such as COVID-19 heightened risk.
• Ensure health and safety, and biosecurity regulations are covered when visiting a location such as a farm.
• Send a quarterly e-Newsletter related to sustainable land and water management through community engagement.
• Send news and invitations about relevant events to specific landcare, catchment and community groups.
Online device information and cookies
If you are visiting us through our website or social media pages, then we collect information about your use and experience on these by using cookies. Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your hard drive or on your mobile browser. They can record information about your visit to the site, allowing it to remember you the next time you visit and provide a more meaningful experience.
The cookies we send to your computer, mobile phone or other device cannot read your hard drive, obtain any information from your browser or command your device to perform any action. They are designed so that they cannot be sent to another site or be retrieved by any other website or app.
When you interact with us through our website or social media pages the information collected through the cookies may include:
- The date and time of visits;
- Website page (or pages) viewed;
- The website [or app] from which you accessed the internet and our website or other digital platform;
- How you navigate through the website and interact with pages (including any fields completed in forms and applications completed (where applicable));
- Information about your location;
- Information about the device used to visit our digital platform; and
- IP address (or addresses), and the type of web browser used.
We will not ask you to supply personal information publicly over any other social media platform that we use. Sometimes we may invite you to send your details to us through a private message, for example, to answer a question. You may also be invited to share your personal information through secure channels to participate in other activities, such as competitions, but we would require your express consent prior to us including you in such activities.
Storage and protection of your personal information
We may electronically record and store personal information which we collect from you. When we do so, we will take all reasonable steps to keep it secure and prevent unauthorised disclosure.
However, we cannot promise that your personal information will not be accessed by an unauthorised person (e.g. a hacker) or that unauthorised disclosures will not occur. If we provide you with any passwords or other security devices, it is important that you keep these confidential and do not allow them to be used by any other person. You should notify us immediately if the security of your password or security device is breached, this will help prevent the unauthorised disclosure of your personal information.
Some information we hold about you will be stored in paper files, but most of your information will be stored electronically on physical hard drives [and/or] on the cloud, by cloud service providers – see Cloud-based service providers below.
We use a range of physical and electronic security measures to protect the security of the personal information we hold, including:
- Access to information systems is controlled through identity and access management;
- Our buildings are secured with a combination of locks, monitored alarms and cameras to prevent unauthorised access;
- Employees are bound by internal information security policies and are required to keep information secure;
- Employees are required to complete training about information security and privacy;
- When we send information overseas or use service providers to process or store information, we put arrangements in place to protect your information;
- We regularly monitor and review our compliance (and our service providers’ compliance) with internal policies and industry best practice.
- We only keep information for as long as we need it, or as long as the law requires us to. We have a records management policy that governs how we manage our information and records to make sure we destroy any information that is outdated, irrelevant or unnecessary.
Cloud-based service providers
We use third party service providers to store and process most of the information we collect. We use Google cloud servers located in USA. We ensure that our cloud-based service providers are subject to appropriate security and information handling arrangements and that the information stored or processed by them remains subject to confidentiality obligations.
Timeframes for keeping personal information
We take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify any personal information as soon as practicable after the date of which it has no legal or regulatory purpose, or we have no legitimate business purpose with it.
In the case of information that relates to our advice services or products or services we have provided, we are required by law to hold this information for seven years. After this time, provided that the personal information is no longer relevant to any service we are providing you, we will take reasonable steps to safely destroy or de-identify any personal information.
We have a records management policy that governs how we manage our information and records to enable us to destroy any information that is outdated, irrelevant or no longer necessary.
If there is a privacy breach
We work hard to keep your personal information safe. However, despite applying strict security measures and following industry standards to protect your personal information, there is still a possibility that our security could be breached. If we experience a privacy breach, where there is a loss or unauthorised access or disclosure of your personal information that is likely to cause you serious harm, we will, as soon as we become aware of the breach:
- Seek to quickly identify and secure the breach to prevent any further breaches and reduce the harm caused;
- Assess the nature and severity of the breach, including the type of personal information involved and the risk of harm to affected individuals;
- Advise and involve the appropriate authorities where criminal activity is suspected;
- Where appropriate, notify any individuals who are affected by the breach (where possible, directly);
- Where appropriate, put a notice on our website advising our clients of the breach; and
- Notify the Privacy Commissioner.
We may disclose your personal information to others outside where:
- It is necessary to enable us to achieve the purpose that we collected the information for;
- We are required or authorised by law or where we have a public duty to do so;
- You have expressly consented to the disclosure or your consent can be reasonably inferred from the circumstances; or
- We are permitted to disclose the information under the Privacy Act 2020.
Right to access, correct and delete personal information
You have the right to request access to, correct and, in some circumstances, delete your personal information. You can do so by contacting us in writing.
When you contact us with such a request, we will take steps to update or delete your personal information, provide you with access to your personal information and/or otherwise address your query within a reasonable period after we receive your request. To protect the security of your personal information, you may be required to provide identification before we update or provide you with access to your personal information.
We are only able to delete your personal information to the extent that it is not required to be held by us to satisfy any legal, regulatory, or similar requirements.
There is no fee for requesting that your personal information is corrected or deleted or for us to make corrections or deletions. In processing your request for access to your personal information, a reasonable cost may be charged. This charge covers such things as locating the information and supplying it to you.
There are some circumstances in which we are not required to give you access to your personal information. If we refuse to give you access or to correct or delete your personal information, we will let you know our reasons, except if the law prevents us from doing so.
If we refuse your request to correct or delete your personal information, you also have the right to request that a statement be associated with your personal information noting that you disagree with its accuracy.
If we refuse your request to access, correct or delete your personal information, we will also provide you with information on how you can complain about the refusal.
What happens if you do not provide us your information?
If you do not provide information we have requested, you may be unable to obtain or access our services for which the information is required. Please ask us if you are unsure what information is important and how this might affect you.
If you are concerned about how your personal information is being handled or if you feel that we have compromised your privacy in some way, please contact us.
We will acknowledge your complaint within three working days of its receipt. We will let you know if we need any further information from you to investigate your complaint.
We aim to resolve complaints as quickly as possible. We strive to resolve complaints within five working days, but some complaints take longer to resolve. If your complaint is taking longer, we will let you know what is happening and a date by which you can reasonably expect a response.
If you are not satisfied with our response to any privacy related concern you may lodge a complaint on the Privacy Office website – privacy.org.nz – or send a complaint form to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.