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Your Privacy

Your privacy is important to us, so we want to let you know how we collect information from you, what we do with it and your rights to view, correct or change it. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner provides further details of the New Zealand Privacy Act and how it protects personal information in New Zealand.

Our website dowse.org.nz is dedicated to promoting the events and activities of The Dowse Art Museum which is governed by Hutt City Council. The full Hutt City privacy policy is available here.

If you are under 18 and you decide to post or send personal information to us or to other areas on the Internet, make sure you have permission of a parent or guardian first. We welcome your questions with regards to our privacy policy, please contact enquiries@dowse.org.nz

 
Gathering information
As part of the operations of The Dowse, we may gather certain types of information about the users of our site:
  • Personally Identifiable Information. This is provided by you when you register for services that we may offer. Examples of these services could include email newsletters or competitions. Providing this information will always be optional for you. However, some services may not be available to you if you chose not to provide it.
  • Aggregated Data. This information is generated by our systems as they track traffic through our sites. This information does not identify you personally and is not linked to the personally identifiable information that you may have provided. 

Who We Share This Information With
We will not share the information that we collect with any third parties apart from in the following circumstances: 
  • The information may be hosted with a service provider. Our agreements with them protect the information that we collect from any use by them that we have not authorised.
  • The aggregated data (not the personally identifiable information) may be shared with third parties such as sponsors or business partners.
  • Your personally identifiable information may be shared with third parties only when we believe in good faith that we are required to do so by law.
  • If we have asked for and received your prior permission (which we would usually do at the time of collection), we may share the information with specified third parties.

What Else We Do With The Personally Identifiable Information
We have collected this information in order to provide the best possible service to you while you are visiting our sites. To this end we may use the information that you provide for the following purposes:
  • To verify your identity if you need help with a forgotten password or you are having login problems with one of our site services.
  • To process any transactions that you might make on our site.
  • To help provide any other services that you have requested.
  • To offer the most relevant information suitable to your and your interests.
  • For any marketing, promotional, publicity, direct marketing or market research that we might undertake.
  • For any other purposes for which you have given permission.

What About Cookies?
A cookie is a small file that resides on your computer and is recognised by our server when you visit our sites. A cookie does not provide us with any personally identifiable information. It does provide details of your IP address, the computer platform that you use (eg Mac or Windows), the browser that you use (eg Microsoft Explorer or Netscape) and what domain you are accessing our sites from. With this information we can do the following:
  • Track traffic patterns to our site.
  • Ensure that the most relevant content is being shown.
  • Allow you to enter certain site member services without having to log in each time you visit.
 
If you would rather we did not use cookies with you, you can refuse them by turning them off in your browser and/or deleting them from your hard drive. You will still be able to visit our sites.

What about our business partners?
This Privacy Policy only relates to our site. You should be aware that we are not responsible for the practices of our business partners. Our site may contain links to other sites. You should check their privacy policies before providing personally identifiable information to them or any other third party.

Opting in and opting out
You will always have the option to opt in to certain services and to opt out of those services at any stage. This means you may change your mind at any stage about participating in any of our member services.
 
Can we change this policy?
In order to reflect the fact that our business is growing constantly, we reserve the right to change this policy at any time..
 
Your right to access your information
The New Zealand Privacy Act of 1993 gives you the right to access and correct any personal information we hold on you. You can do this by contacting Hutt City Council’s Privacy Officer.