In the wake of the European Union laws (see English version here) governing personal data and the protection of your privacy together with enhancements to the Australian Privacy Act 1988, here is our policy on this matter:
if you do send emails to us and only want us to view it, use a powerful encryption technology (of military-grade), Send us the decryption key by an alternative delivery method (preferably not online).
Also, all emails are kept on a secure database that is not linked to this web site or any other online server (so hacking of our online resources for personal details is a futile exercise).
If you do not want to provide us with personal details but do wish to send us information for our research, you can do this anonymously, with or without high quality encryption if you prefer. For anonymity, our message sender page allows you the option to enter a fake email address and name. Or you can do this through a variety of online anonymous emailers, such as W3-Anonymous Remailer. Combine this with a strong privacy-protected browser such as Tor or another trusted and dedicated VPN service, you can be certain your IP address will be completely anonymous. And as a final level of security, you should encrypt the contents of your email and send it to us, and use a separate delivery method to send us the password (you only need to send it once). In this way, we will maintain the highest confidentiality and privacy in the information you provide. For a high-grade email encryption solution, try GPG Suite for Mac users, or GPG4win for Windows users. Also, our SUNRISE Contacts solution is equipped with a feature to encrypt text and send emails with ease. Encryption is of a high standard (but not military grade). So visiting a public free internet location and sending encrypted emails via our product will provide an excellent level of anonymity and protection.
Our GuestBook page will retain your email address, name (which is basically your username, so you can be anonymous here if you wish), password, and your messages. Passwords are always encrypted, so please do not ask us to give you (or someone else claiming to be acting on your behalf) the password. If you forget the password, you must reset it and click the link we send you to your email address. Comments you provide on this page are considered by SUNRISE to be approved and given with your full and explicit consent for all to read.
Periodically (usually once a year) we will do what is known as a "spring clean", removing old or outdated (unless of historical importance) comments in favour of the latest and most useful for our research and considered the best comments from our readers.
About the only other place cookies will be used is from PayPal, but only if you decide to make a purchase online through our website. We have no control over these cookies.
Purchasing books from this web site
Regarding the purchasing of books from our web site, we only need essential personal details needed to complete the order and send you the items. The personal details are primarily your name, delivery address for sending your books, your email address for notifying you of the status of the order and delivery, and any further information you decide to provide to PayPal in the order for us to include in the delivery (e.g., a telephone number for the delivery driver to contact you). This information is kept for just long enough to display your tax invoice online after making the purchase, and in delivering the books. Afterwards, we destroy your name and telephone number for identifying you. We will keep suburb, city and postal code for the purposes of determining correct tax to pay in our country for a period of 7 years. Afterwards it is destroyed.
When it comes to SUNRISE Contacts, any license key or code we supply to you will be kept on a database together with your name and email address (or postal address, although in most cases it will be by email unless you specifically ask for a CD to be sent to you).
The SUNRISE web site
- not record your visit for statistical purposes so as to evaluate visitor usage patterns;
- gather your physical location, the type of device you use, and the name of your mobile carrier, if you are accessing our web site on your smartphone;
- determine who your internet access provider is,
or anything else for that matter.
For example, VentraIP.com.au, the people hosting our web site, can and do record your IP address, the address of the referring site, the date and time of your visit to our web site, you top level domain name (e.g., .gov/.org/.inc etc), and addresses of pages accessed and documents downloaded. All this information is readily available and accessible to us via the cPanel tools. We do not make use of such information. Your privacy remains our utmost importance. Furthermore, our web hosting provider can read any aspect of our web site (including the comments you leave in the Guestbook) and any emails we receive or send out through its servers. Therefore, if you have anything confidential to send to us, check our Email messages section on this page for our recommended advice in how to deliver the information to us so that only we are able to read this information and no one else.
The above paragraph also applies to Yahoo.com in relation to email messages.
Who to contact for privacy matters