This Website Privacy Statement explains how your personal information (information that is capable of identifying you as an individual) will be treated as you access and interact with the Cancer Institute NSW website.
The Cancer Institute NSW also hosts and manages several other websites:
- BreastScreen NSW
- Cervical screening NSW
- eviQ: cancer treatments online
- Canrefer: Cancer referrals
The BreastScreen NSW, Cervical screening NSW and iCanQuit websites have their own privacy statements. These describe how each health service (as distinct from its website) collects, stores, uses and discloses health information (personal information that is information about your health or health services provided to you).
These privacy statements also explain how your health information is stored, used and disclosed when you use the website as part of the provision of the health service. For example, if you use the BreastScreen NSW website to book an appointment for a screening mammogram, or if you use the iCanQuit website to create a Quit Plan.
Personal Information collected
The personal information we collect via websites may include:
- the content of any electronic forms you submit to request services we provide or information (for instance to receive an e-newsletters), or to take actions (such as submit grant requests).
- the information submitted if you participate in an online survey or post comments on a forum.
- any messages or comments you submit to us via a form on this website or to email addresses displayed on this website, which may include personal information such as name, email address and telephone number.
Any personal information you provide to us will only be used and disclosed, in accordance with NSW privacy legislation; for the Cancer Institute’s purposes, or a directly related purpose, unless you consent to another use or disclosure, in emergencies or as otherwise required or authorised by law.
We may hold information such as email addresses with third party suppliers who are bound by the same privacy policies. These will only be used to facilitate Cancer Institute NSW communications such as an e-newsletter or email contact as you have requested.
We may link from our web pages to sites external to Cancer Institute NSW, we do not have any responsibility for the privacy practices of third party websites linked to the Cancer Institute NSW website.
Site visit information collected
Cancer Institute NSW websites use Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate individual IP addresses with any other data held by Google.
We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage. This allows us to target content more efficiently to visits originating in NSW. It helps us provide the cancer related information and resources that the people of NSW are searching for to improve cancer health, research and treatment outcomes.
The type of information collected includes:
- the geographical area visits originate from (based on the IP address used to access the internet)
- how visits are referred to our site
- pages frequently visited
- time spent on pages
- actions carried out (ie. watch a video, download an information sheet)
Some Cancer Institute NSW sites use the Google AdWords Remarketing service which advertises across the internet to previous visitors to our website.
Google AdWords Remarketing displays relevant advertising content based on which sections of the Cancer Institute NSW website you have visited. This is done by placing a cookie on your machine. A cookie is a small file sent to your browser from a web server to be stored on your computer. Cookies do not allow access to your computer or any data / files contained in your computer (see more information below). It will not identify you in any way. Google AdWords’ Remarketing allow us to tailor any promotion and marketing content so it is relevant and suits your needs. For example we may promote a quit smoking campaign or promote content related to a cancer screening program.
If you do not wish to be a part of our Google AdWords Remarketing, you can opt out by visiting Google Ads Preference Manager:
Then go to the “opt-out settings” where you can opt out of all interest based ads on Google and across the web.
The Cancer Institute NSW makes no attempt to associate cookies with users' names or identities. Our server cannot find out your name or email address, or anything about your computer, by using cookies.
The cookies, visitor logs, analytics and other reporting tools used on the site do not match any data collected with any personal information, which means website users browse our website anonymously.
Social networking services
We use social networking services such as Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube to communicate with the public about our work. Comments posted on these services are open to the public.
We will not ever require, or recommend that you post your contact details anywhere on a social networking service that is able to be viewed by the public. The social networking service will also handle your personal information for its own purposes. This Website Privacy Statement does not extend to social networking services. These sites have their own privacy policies. They also have guidelines for appropriate use when posting information.
More about your privacy protection
The Cancer Institute NSW observes the Information Privacy Principles set out in the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the Health Privacy Principles set out in the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 when collecting and dealing with personal information and health information, respectively.
If you have a general privacy enquiry or complaint regarding the Cancer Institute NSW, please contact:
The Privacy Officer
Cancer Institute NSW
PO Box 41
Alexandria NSW 1435
Tel: (02) 8374 5600
Fax: (02) 8374 3600