Privacy and Data Protection

Your Privacy and Rights on Bicycles Network Australia

Bicycles Network Australia has always followed an ethical approach to protecting personal information and does not share or sell personal information. This website provides appropriate information regarding the rights, how information is used and gaining consent. Bicycles Network Australia does not collect or store sensitive information through the website such as addresses or financial information.

The website operates under Australian Law (NSW) and predominantly serves Australian visitors but welcomes visitors and forum participation from people beyond Australia.

Who We Are

Bicycles Network Australia is an online resource (www.bicycles.net.au) which publishes cycling news and information and hosts a public discussion forum on cycling. This is a ‘free site’ and there is no charge or cost to view or to participate in the Australian Cycling Forums.

Bicycles Network Australia is operated by Christopher Jones of Signale Pty Ltd (Sydney, Australia). The website is supported by writers who provide content and by forum moderators.

Further information about Bicycles Network Australia

Privacy Notice / Data Protection

When you visit this website, some information is stored by your web browser (cookies) and some is stored by this website. Your privacy is respected and individual website visitors are not identified, all due care is taken to protect any data which is provided, and data is not sold or shared.

Cookies are small files stored by your web browser on your computer which save information about your visit to the website – you can delete the cookies for this website at any time within your web browser and change your settings regarding how cookies are handled. The cookies are not used to provide personal information.

When you visit this website, logfiles are automatically created which record the following information: IP Address, date and time, files accessed and pages viewed. This information is purely used for statistics and to manage the website and identify errors / problems so that they can be resolved. The logfiles are automatically rotated and depending on server ‘load’ the logfiles are typically permanently deleted monthly.

This website may include links to external websites. If you access an external site or service which is no longer part of this website and they may a different policy regarding personal data. This website and operators have no control over external sites or services.

This website operates a newsletter and a valid email and (optional) name are stored. We use a doubt-opt-in process to confirm subscription and recipients can unsubscribe at any time. Subscriber information is not sold or shared.

Website visitors can make comments to articles published on Bicycles Network Australia and provide an email address, a name and optionally a website address. When a comment is manually or automatically approved, the comments are published along with the name and website address. The email address is not published.

For participation in the Australian Cycling Forum, an email address is required along with a username of your choice. Forum participants are required to read and agree with the terms when they choose to register and the double-opt-in confirms the registration. No personal information is required or published however forum members can chose to share personal or identifying information. For forum participation and comments, the associated ip address for each ‘post’ is recorded permanently and visible to administrators. The IP address is used to block or ban spammers or individuals who infringe against the Terms and Conditions.

Forum Newsletter and Notifications
By default, members in the forum receive news and notifications. All settings and notifications can be changed in the account settings and the forum newsletter and notifications disabled.

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Forum Notification Settings

Storage and security
Website files and content is stored on servers in Sydney, Australia on Amazon Web Services and in addition to content, log files and backups are saved. This website use the SSL encryption protocol.

Services: Google Analytics and Advertising
This website uses Google Analytics which is used to create statistics and Google Advertising services. Google stores the statistical data on its servers. The compiled statistics are only used internally to gain general insights how visitors use and access the website and are not used to identify visitors. Google however can record the activity of individuals and influence there interaction on other websites and services.

Further information on data stored by google is published here.
If you have a google account, you can adjust your settings.

Bicycles Network Australia does not track user behaviour to target advertising. Some advertising may only be displayed to people in a specific geographic location which is determined by google however but does not identify a person or any private details to Bicycles Network Australia.

If an advertisement or affiliate link is clicked, this is recorded for statistics however the person is not identified and no personal information is recorded or stored. A third party advertiser may be able to record that a visitor or customer has arrived from Bicycles Network Australia though no personal data is transferred or shared between Bicycles Network Australia and the retailer.

Services: Amazon Web Services Hosting
Bicycles Network Australia uses AWS (Amazon Web Services) and website data, logs and archives are stored in Sydney, Australia. AWS confirm that all services comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). AWS confirm that the are compliant with CISPE (Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe) Beyond the strict security to prevent unauthorised access to server data and assets, the public facing services on Bicycles Network Australia use SSL to enhance security.

Emails
Genuine emails sent tobicycles.net.au email addresses may be are stored and unless otherwise defined as a group email, press release, public information, request or intent to publish or share, they are treated as confidential.

 

External Websites and Services
External search engines regularly copy and store public comments or forum posts permanently. Bicycles Network Australia has no access or control over these external services. External services including, but not limited to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Youtube, Add This have different policies and Bicycles Network Australia has no control responsibility for data or access to these external sites and services.

Data Breaches
All reasonable action is taken to protect personal data and content including automated and manual prevention along with warning of threats. No guarantee however is provided to provided in the event of an unlawful or malicious attack and theft of data. In the unlikely event of a breach, affected forum members will be notified.

 

Request information or data removal
Bicycles Network Australia does not fall under the jurisdiction of European Union law however provides website visitors and forum members with the opportunity to enquire about data which is stored and request removal. No access or service fees are levied to view the website though it is time-intensive to investigate and remove personal data. In the case that you would like to know which personal data has been saved or would like to request the permanent removal of any personal data this will incur a fee calculated at an hourly rate (payable in advance).

For questions or to request removal of data, please email privacy@bicycles.net.au