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Privacy Policy – COVID Alert Malta – Official Website

Who we are

We are the COVID-19 Malta Public Health Response Team. Our website address is: https://covidalert.gov.mt.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

WPML uses cookies to identify the visitor’s current language, the last visited language and the language of users who have logged in.

While you use the plugin, WPML will share data regarding the site through Installer. No data from the user itself will be shared.

WPML Media Translation will send the email address and name of each manager and assigned translator as well as the content itself to Advanced Translation Editor and to the translation services which are used.

WPML String Translation will send all strings to WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor and to the translation services which are used.

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Who we share your data with

We do not share data with any other third-party providers outside of the Ministry for Health.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

The COVID Alert Malta Official Website(the “Website”) is being provided by the Superintendent of Public Health who is also the Data Controller. Under the data protection law, the Data Controller is responsible for the processing of the Website users’ data.

Address:

Department for Health Regulation,

Office of the Superintendent of Public Health,

St. Luke’s Hospital, Outpatients Block Level 1,

St. Luke’s Square

Pietà PTA 1010

Telephone:         +356 2595 3302 / +356 2595 3303

E-mail:      sph.health@gov.mt

The Data Protection Officer can be contacted on the following e-mails addresses:  dpo-osph@gov.mt

 

Additional information

How we protect your data

The website is protected with HTTPS protocol and the website is protected through two-factor authentication and an encrypted data connection. Website is also secured against Dynamic Denial of Service Attacks through Web Application Firewalls.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the case of a data breach, we will inform all users that have submitted any personal data (submitted forms) within 24 hours of a data breach.

Furthermore, we will immediately activate a security protocol with the MITA Cybersecurity Team upon notification of a breach.