The State Library of Western Australia is committed to safeguarding the personal information it may hold at any time in respect to an individual.  “Personal Information” for the purposes of this policy, is information about individuals or which may identify an individual.

Collection of Personal Information

SLWA will not ordinarily collect any information about an individual except where it is provided to us by the individual for the purposes of undertaking library activities.  The security of any data collected is of concern to us and the Library will take reasonable steps to protect personal information from misuse and loss, and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.

State Library Websites

When someone visits a State Library website, a log record is made of the visit.  Each log entry includes the following information:

  • the Internet Provider (IP) address of the client
  • the URL requested
  • a timestamp
  • the object size
  • the transaction type, and
  • the number of milliseconds that the transfer required.

No attempt will be made to identify individual users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the Library’s logs. Some sites use ‘cookies’ to track a particular user’s access to a site. Cookies are not used on SLWA’s sites to gather personal information about users. Please note that SLWA’s website contains links to a number of other sites. When a user moves to another site, they leave the SLWA site and are no longer protected by these privacy conditions.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

The State Library will not make use of personal information which it has collected except for the purpose it was collected, or for a purpose you would reasonably expect in carrying out the Library’s activities.

The State Library will not disclose personal information to another organization or individual.

Updating of the Policy

This policy will be updated and periodically reviewed in line with legislative requirements and changes in technology.

Last updated on: 16 May 2017