We adhere to the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which are contained in schedule 1 of the Privacy Act 1988.
The Privacy Act defines personal information as information about an individual who is reasonably identifiable. Unless you contribute to this project financially (see below), we do not collect, use or disclose any personal information within the meaning of the Privacy Act on this website.
Your assessment answers
While you are completing the how2vote assessment, we collect your answers and retain them in your browser as cookies. We use these cookies so that you can go back and forward through the questions without losing your answers.
Upon completing the assessment, the cookies which retain your how2vote answers are deleted from your browser, and stored in our database. We use this information to generate your how2vote card.
If you do not complete the assessment, the cookies which retain your how2vote answers will be removed from your browser after 60 minutes.
Your how2vote assessment answers are anonymous. We do not collect any personal information during the how2vote assessment.
Your demographic answers
At the end of the how2vote assessment, we ask a series of optional demographic questions. We collect your answers to these questions and link them to the answers in your how2vote assessment.
We use the information to build demographic profiles about political issues and parties and may disclose our findings publicly or to interested third parties.
The questions are general and do not expose any rare characteristics that could allow individual identification.
Your how2vote card
Your how2vote card is generated from your anonymous assessment answers, which are retained in our database.
We create a unique public URL for every how2vote card, and this URL can be used by anyone to access the how2vote card.
Your how2vote card is anonymous. We do not collect any personal information during the how2vote assessment, and do not collect, use, or disclose any personal information with the how2vote card.
Your shared how2vote card
If you share your how2vote card URL, the people you share it with will be able to view your how2vote card. Depending on how you manage your privacy settings on your social media networks, it may be possible for third parties to subsequently identify your how2vote card as your personal information. It is up to you to manage this privacy risk.
If you choose to use our ‘email to a friend’ share option, we will email your how2vote card directly to the email address you supply. We do not retain the email address that you provide to us in our database or use it for any other purpose.
Feedback you provide
If you contact us using a feedback form on this website, we retain the information that you provide in our database indefinitely, so that we can review it at a later time.
We do not solicit your personal information and you can complete the feedback form anonymously.
If you voluntarily provide personal information such as your contact details in the body of your message, this information will be retained in our database. We may use this information to contact you.
If you have sent us personal information in a feedback form, you can request that we remove it from our database.
Your browsing data
We collect information about how you interact with this website including the pages you visit and other information obtained from your browser.
Our webserver’s access and error logs store this information for 7 days and we use it to identify problems with this website.
We also send your anonymised browsing data to Google, Facebook and Hotjar in order to identify user experience issues and improve the functionality of this website.
We do not collect, use or disclose any personal information in the collection of this browsing data.