Restricted content

Restricted content

Some archived webpages are restricted from public use for a variety of reasons. It may be because the organisation that published the webpage has asked for it to be restricted. Other reasons include:

  • secret and/or sacred Indigenous material
  • litigation—ongoing court cases or upheld claims
  • commercial in confidence—usually embargoed for 12 months or more to protect commercial interests
  • publications that contain significant and/or potentially dangerous errors

Some are restricted permanently while others will be released after a period of time.

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About restrictions

Users must self-select a reason on the takedown request form when they want content to be restricted. These reasons include:

Privacy (personal data):  Sensitive personal data that may make a person easily identifiable or locatable, and possibly subject to harm such as identify theft or acts of violence. This includes, but is not limited to, date of birth, address, medical data, LGBTQI status.
Privacy (other):   Content that may be considered an invasion of privacy but is not sensitive personal data.
Defamation: Content that is subject to defamation proceedings.
Cultural protocols:  Content that may be in violation of recognised cultural protocols. This includes, but is not limited to, the content related to deceased persons from Indigenous communities.
Court order:  Content that cannot be published due to a court order. This includes, but is not limited to, content that is subject to a suppression order.
Criminal:  Content deemed criminal under legislation. This includes, but is not limited to, child pornography or child abuse images, content that advocates the committing of a terrorist act, and images falling under non-consensual image sharing laws.
Harmful:  Content that may be considered harmful by some Trove users but is not necessarily illegal. This includes, but is not limited to, pornographic images of consenting adults, hate speech and content that advocates unsafe behaviour.
Copyright: Content that may be subject to copyright or licensing agreements. If the request relates to copyright, the applicant must supply evidence that they are the rights holder or their agent.
Commercial:   Content that may be of significant commercial advantage or sensitivity.
Protected government data: Government data that is sensitive, official or classified and exempt from publication under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
Other: Any reason that falls outside the above listed categories.

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