Privacy Statement

The Pathology North website is maintained by Pathology North. This Privacy Statement applies to all the accessible pages on the Pathology North website. Pathology North does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to the Pathology North website.

Users of the Pathology North website are entitled to expect that any information as a result of that use will be treated within the terms of the NSW government's privacy responsibilities and obligations. The NSW Government's privacy practices are regulated by the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.

What information do we collect?

When you look at the pages on the Pathology North website, our computers automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed:

  • the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the machine which has accessed it;
  • your top-level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .edu, .au, .uk etc.);
  • the address of your server;
  • the date and time of your visit to the site;
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded;
  • the previous site visited; and
  • the type of browser and operating system you have used.

How do we use the information collected?

The information collected during each visit is aggregated with similar logged information and published in reports in order for Pathology North to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving the Pathology North website and the services it offers.

Pathology North will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual machines, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without consent or otherwise in accordance with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.

What exceptions are there to this rule?

Pathology North will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:

  • unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published Pathology North pages;
  • unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on the Pathology North site;
  • unauthorised attempts to index the contents of the Pathology North site by other sites;
  • attempts to intercept messages of other users of the Pathology North site;
  • communications which are defamatory, abusive, vilify individuals or groups or which give rise to a suspicion that an offence is being committed; and
  • attempts to otherwise compromise the security of the web server, breach the laws of the State of NSW or Commonwealth of Australia, or interfere with the enjoyment of the Pathology North site by other users.

Pathology North reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the Pathology North site raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed. In the event of an investigation, Pathology North will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

Is the information stored securely?

Yes. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by Pathology North for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.

Will this statement be updated over time?

Due to the developing nature of privacy principles for online communication, this policy may be modified or expanded in light of new developments or issues that may arise from time to time. The amended statement will be posted to this site and will operate from the time it is posted.

Privacy of patient information

Pathology North is committed to safeguarding the privacy of patient information, and has implemented measures to comply with its obligations under the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002.

Further Privacy Information

For more information about privacy issues in Australia and protecting your privacy, visit the Australian Federal Privacy Commissioner's website.

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