How is information gathered on this site used?

This website is hosted and maintained by Electoral Reform Services Limited (ERS).  The primary purpose of the site is to allow voters to submit their choices electronically in the elections which ERS runs on behalf of its clients.  We also analyse information gathered to determine what is most effective about our site, to help us identify ways to improve it.  If data is used for any other purposes, we will describe these to you at the point we collect the information.  ERS does not use the data for marketing.

What information is gathered via this site?

Information in this site is gathered in two ways:  indirectly (for example, through our site's technology);  and directly (for example through information that you enter).  Examples of information we collect indirectly are your internet (IP) address which is automatically collected and is placed in our internet access logs, and the date and time of when you access the site.  Examples of information collected directly are the candidates or options for which you vote.  ERS only collects information which is sufficient and necessary for the purpose of running elections and all information is processed fairly and lawfully.

How long will we keep this information?

After the election closes, we intend to keep information offline for a period of time, in case there are any queries or problems with individual votes.  The information will not be kept for longer than legislation permits, and will be erased after twelve months.

Will we share this information with outside parties?

The information is not given to the client on whose behalf ERS is running the election unless legally required.  ERS will not otherwise disclose personal information unless required by law, that is if we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our website.  ERS will not sell individual information.

What security controls are in place?

We want you to be secure when visiting our site and are committed to maintaining your privacy when doing so.  ERS has physical security in our facilities to protect against the loss, theft, misuse, or alteration of information.  There are also different layers of security implemented throughout our website platform, for example hardware and application firewalls;  intrusion detection systems;  and SSL encryption.

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