Privacy Policy

Privacy is important to the Central Otago District Council. Council’s full Privacy Policy (PDF, 168.6KB) sets out how and why the council collects and stores personal information, what we will use it for and with whom we can share it.

The Privacy Act 2020 (‘Privacy Act’) and its privacy principles guide this policy. We take our obligations under the Privacy Act seriously and this policy will clarify the rights of anyone engaging with council under the Privacy Act.

Council is committed to the 13 principles of the Privacy Act.

All queries on privacy issues should be directed to the Privacy Officer on +64 3 440 0056 or

All requests for information are governed by the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) and the Privacy Act 2020. These aim to balance issues of transparency and public interest with limits on the disclosure of personal information.

For more information on requesting official information, please refer to our Official Information page.

For more detailed information about the Privacy Act you can refer to the Privacy Commissioner's Guide to the Privacy Act 2020. If you are concerned that the Council may have breached the Privacy Act or if you are not sure of our obligations, you can contact the Privacy Commissioner:

Privacy Hotline: 0800 803 909
Privacy Commission website

IP Address

An IP address is a number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the world wide web. Web servers automatically identify your computer by its IP address. Council collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration, to report aggregate information to our internal customers and to audit the use of our site. When visitors request pages from the Council, our servers log the visitors' IP addresses. We do not normally link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, which means that a user's session will be logged, but the user remains anonymous to us.


Council may collect statistical information about your visit to either help us improve this site, or to determine traffic patterns and volumes. This information is aggregated and non-personally identifying and is viewable by our website's administrators.