The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge (the Challenge) was established in 2014. It is one of 11 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment-funded Challenges aimed at taking a more strategic approach to science investment.
The Challenge is hosted by National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA). NIWA is a Crown Research Institute operating under the Crown Research Institutes Act 1992 and the Crown Entities Act 2004. Amongst other legislation, NIWA is subject to the Privacy Act 1993 and the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The Challenge is also subject to the Privacy Act 1993 and the OIA 1982.
The Challenge may collect personal information about a user of the Website (User), including a User’s:
Any or all such personal information may be collected directly from a User when that User:
In some cases, if personal information requested is not provided by a User, that User may not be able to access and/or use certain functions of the Website.
The Challenge also collects non-identifiable information about Users’ interaction with the Challenge’s information technology (IT) systems. This includes use of the Website and web services and emails sent to/from the Challenge’s IT systems and is done by using cookies, log files and other technologies.
The Challenge uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc, to analyse web traffic based on specific behaviour, demographic, and interest data. The Challenge may collect statistical information about visits to the Website using this service, including:
The data collected through Google Analytics is aggregated and is not personally identifiable. IP addresses are masked so that they cannot be used to identify individuals and Google Analytics will also respect any “do not track” settings on web browsers. The Challenge may from time to time use different web analytic tools on the Website for the purposes of tracking use and traffic but will ensure that any such tool respects privacy settings and has safeguards in place to protect a User’s personal information.
Any information collected by the Challenge may be used for the following purposes:
The Challenge does not sell personal information. We may share Users’ personal information with other organisations, companies or individuals where necessary for the purposes listed above, including:
The Challenge will take all reasonable steps, and maintain processes, to prevent unauthorised access to, or use of, the personal and other information the Challenge collects. In most cases, the Challenge uses the SSL encryption with HTTPS protocol for secure communication of the Challenge pages over the Internet.
Any personal information provided to the Challenge will be held by, or on behalf of, the Challenge at one of NIWA’s sites and/or by a third-party service provider. The Challenge may use third-party service providers (whether in New Zealand or overseas, and whether contracted directly or via NIWA), to manage and store personal and other information it collects, and will ensure that any such provider has sufficient security measures in place to protect Users’ personal information.
The Challenge uses social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and other blog hosting websites to communicate with the public about the Challenge’s work. When Users interact with the Challenge via these services, the social networking services may collect Users’ personal information for their own purposes. These services may track Users’ use of the Website on those pages where their links are displayed. If a User is logged in to those services (including any Google services) while using the Website, their tracking will be associated with that User’s profile with those services.
Such services have their own privacy policies which Users should read.
Users have the right to request a copy of personal information held about them by the Challenge and to ask for that information to be updated if it is incorrect. Upon request, and subject to any legal grounds for withholding, the Challenge will provide Users with access to any personal information held about them. If such information is inaccurate, the Challenge will correct it. To contact the Challenge for access or correction please see our contact details. Users can also ask to be removed from any of the Challenge’s subscription lists at any time.
Users may need to provide evidence of identity if they make a request for access or correction of personal information.
Please contact us if you have any queries relating to this policy or the Challenge’s handling of personal information.