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SCAR GSSG - Disclaimer and Privacy Information
Updated: Tue 14 Oct 2003


The SCAR GSSG web site is housed on the Geoscience Australia web server and as such has responsibilities to inform web users of the policy in relation to copyright, disclaimer and privacy issues.


The material on this website is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon for any particular purpose. It is made available on the understanding that the Commonwealth is not thereby engaged in rendering professional advice. Please contact Geoscience Australia before taking any action based on material on this website.

In some cases the material may incorporate or summarise views, guidelines or recommendations of third parties. Such material is assembled in good faith, but does not necessarily reflect the considered views of the Commonwealth, or indicate a commitment to a particular course of action.

Links to other websites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.

Maps and images on this website are not intended for navigation or to precisely locate any particular feature

Privacy and Security



This statement applies to user interactions with SCAR GSSG Website at:

Data Collection and Click-Stream Data

Browsing any web-site, including the SCAR GSSG site, generates a trail of the pages that are visited, and the time apparently spent displaying each page. Clickstreams are the paths a user takes when navigating a web site and the internet in general.

When you visit our site, our servers may record the following information for statistical purposes:

Geoscience Australia examines this information to determine the traffic through the server, and to specific pages or applications, and in order to deliver better services.

No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect server logs.

Cookies information

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Geoscience Australia uses only session ID cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user's hard drive for an extended period of time. Cookies can be easily blocked on your computer by simply un-checking the "accept cookies" option in your web browser. This can be found under the options menu of your Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Explorer browser software.

Use and Protection

We will only record your email address if you send us a message, or if you subscribe to an e-mail list. Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you provided it. We will not use your email address for any other purpose, and will not disclose it, without your consent.

Any personal details submitted via the Geoscience Australia website will only be used for the purpose for which they are provided. We will not use your personal details for any other purpose, and will not disclose them, without your consent.

Information given during the course of online purchases and product orders may be used to determine your liability to Australian GST on the items purchased or ordered.

If you have concerns about sending information over the web, please visit our contacts page for alternative methods of submitting information (mail, fax etc).

User Feedback

We seek feedback from our users in order to improve the service offered by our site. Answering feedback questions is voluntary and does not in any way affect your access to the Geoscience Australia site.


The staff who operate the Geoscience Australia Website, and most Commonwealth government agencies, are subject to the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988


Site security

The Internet is not a secure network, and as such, information you send may be intercepted by others. Geoscience Australia (but not the SCAR GSSG component) runs a secure website (using SSL) for transferring all sensitive information. Secure server technology reduces but does not eliminate the risks of sending information over the Internet.

If you are sending private information you should check that you are linked to a secure server. You can do this in two ways:

  1. Check that the web address in your browser starts with https rather than just http.
  2. If you can't find the web address, then most web browsers will display a padlock Padlock, usually at the bottom of the page. If the site is insecure some browsers may show an open padlock Open padlock.

You should check your browser's help facility for further information on security.

Firewall security

Information you send us is stored behind our firewall.

Any of your information, (apart from usage logs), that is on our server outside the firewall is always encrypted, and moved inside the firewall at the earliest opportunity.