The McPherson Media Group (MMG) and related entities listed in Appendix A is committed to protecting your personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in the Privacy Act as well as other applicable legislation. The term ‘personal information’ has the meaning given to it in the Act.
This policy does not address issues associated with personal information and its use and collection in the course of journalism. MMG relies on the media exemption under the Privacy Act. For details regarding Australian Press Council Privacy Standards, please refer to www.presscouncil.org.au/privacy-principles
What information we collect and how we collect it:
Personal information is any information that can be used to personally identify you. The personal information we collect depends upon the reason we are dealing with each other.
When you transact with us, we will collect your personal information which may include your phone number, name, address, credit card details, identity and transaction details for the following reasons, including but not limited to:
- Placing an advertisement with us over the phone or over the counter;
- Entering a competition;
- Ordering a photograph;
- Subscribing to our online services;
- Completing a survey;
- Becoming a member of our Kids Page or Paddlewheel Pete page;
- Contributing a letter to the Editor;
- Attendance at an MMG function;
- Applying for a job at MMG;
- When you access services via coupons published in our newspapers or on our websites.
By using any of the above “MMG services” you agree to the terms and conditions of this Policy.
You may choose to transact with MMG anonymously, for example paying cash for an over-the-counter transaction, however if you don’t identify yourself, we may not be able to provide the service or product you are seeking.
Why do we collect personal information?
We collect your personal information so that we can process your transaction with us, to complete an administrative function, to provide you with required products and services, for customer relationship purposes, to promote our services to you, to assist us to develop new products, services, customer offers, and to respond to queries and complaints.
We also collect personal information for recruitment and employment purposes and for engaging contractors in accordance with the ‘Privacy-Employees and Applicants’ policy.
When you provide the above information to MMG, you are consenting to MMG contacting you for the purposes outlined above. You can opt out of being contacted by MMG by contacting our Privacy Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 58 312 312 or writing to our Privacy Officer at PO Box 204, Shepparton, 3632 to advise us that you no longer wish to receive this contact. For online communications, you may use the unsubscribe preference.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Instances in which we may share your personal information include:
- Banking and financial institutions so that we may process your financial transaction with us;
- Mail Houses for the purposes of posting any invoices or subscriptions;
- Regulatory or government bodies in order to comply with laws and regulations;
- Debt collection agencies in order to follow up non-payment of amounts owing;
- Referees whose details have been provided by prospective applicants.
- If MMG sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of its assets, it may disclose your information to the party or parties involved in the transaction and as part of any due diligence processes which take place.
How we protect personal information:
MMG will take all reasonable administrative and technical steps to ensure that personal information required to be held is stored or archived securely to prevent loss, theft or unauthorized use or disclosure.
We will retain your information for a time period sufficient to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, unless a longer period of retention is required or allowed for by law.
We will securely destroy or de-identify any information that is no longer required.
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can alter your browser settings so that your computer will not accept them.
We may also log your IP address to analyse trends, traffic and gather demographic information.
We may also collect information which is not considered personal information relating to your activity on our websites or we may collect anonymous information from you in response to surveys. This information assists us to report statistics, administer our services, diagnose concerns and problems and improve our service to you. This information will not identify you or anyone else in any way.
Our websites may contain links to other websites which are operated by third parties. These third party websites are responsible for their own content and for informing you about their privacy policies.
We may send you marketing communications and other information regarding services or products that we believe you may be interested in. We will use your preferred method of communication if you have selected one, or this information may be delivered using email, mail or SMS.
You may opt-out of receiving these communications at any time, using opt-out methods such as “unsubscribe” links or by contacting us as set out below. If you opt-out, we will ensure that your name is removed from our mailing list. We will not provide your personal information to any other organization for this purpose unless we have your express permission.
Access to Your Information, Complaints and Queries
If you wish to access, review or have questions or would like to make a complaint, please contact our Privacy Officer by:
Mail: Privacy Officer, MMG, PO Box 204, Shepparton, 3632
Phone: 03 58 312 312
And set out details of your questions or complaint. All complaints will be dealt with fairly and in a timely manner and a response will be provided within 30 days of receipt of such complaint or request. If you are dissatisfied with our response to a complaint, you may refer your complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
McPherson Media Group (MMG) and following entities:
- Benalla Newspapers Pty Ltd
- Cobram Newspapers Pty Ltd
- Deniliquin Newspapers Pty Ltd
- Finley Newspapers Pty Ltd
- Heathcote Newspapers Pty Ltd
- Kyabram Newspapers Pty Ltd
- McPherson Newspapers Pty Ltd
- Newsprinters Pty Ltd
- Riverine Herald Pty Ltd
- Seymour Telegraph Pty Ltd
- Shepparton Newspapers Pty Ltd
- The Local Phone Book Company Pty Ltd
- The Rochester Irrigator Pty Ltd
- Tatura Guardian
- Yarrawonga Chronicle
- Corowa Free Press
- Campaspe News
- McIvor Times
- Southern Riverina News
- Country News