Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This policy covers how the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests’ website uses personal information collected while you use this website.

What we collect

As with most websites, this website maintains a log of activity on its site.  Your IP address will be recorded, along with other information which may or may not be supplied by your browser. This includes the address of the site that referred you to the our site, the type and version of the browser you are using, the operating system you use, and the screen resolution at which you viewed the site. This information is used solely to help us improve our delivery of the services on the site.

Volunteered information

You do not need to supply any personal information in order to view the site.

In order to participate in our discussion, you do need to register.  Registration requires that you supply a username and an email address. This information is used for the following purposes:

  • To associate posts to our discussion forum with an individual.  If you post a message to the forum it will display your name.
  • To send password reminders in case you forget your password.

In order to subscribe to our publications, you do need to supply your email address and then confirm it. Your email is used for sending our publications.

Your details will remain stored and displayed with any messages you have previously posted in our discussion forum. We will store the information you supplied for as long as you use the forum and publication subscription feature of the website, unless you request that we remove it.

We also collects your name and email address if you use the contact form on the site to send us a message.  This information will only be used to respond to your message, and will not be stored. Please note that messages sent using the contact form are sent by unencrypted email and thus may not be secure and remain confidential while being transmitted to us.

Cookies

When you visit the website, the pages you view, along with small text files called ‘cookies’, are downloaded onto your computer.

Each time you visit the MoAF website, your computer will download a session cookie.  This cookie only remains on your computer till you close your browser.  This cookie is not used to identify you personally in anyway.  We use session cookies to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how visitors use the site. This information helps us improve the sites structure and functionality.

Your computer will also download a persistent cookie when you first visit the site.  These remain in your browsers cookie store between browsing sessions.  Persistent cookies allow us to recognize repeat visitors to the site.  Persistent cookies are also used to allow registered users to use the site without logging in on every visit, and to highlight new content to the visitor.

You may opt to view our site without cookies by adjusting your browser’s settings. See your browser’s Help menu for information on how to do this. If you disable cookies some functions of the site may no longer work correctly.

The above information on how we use cookies applies to our site only. We do not have any control over cookies set by external websites linked on our site.