Privacy

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) website is maintained by The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network. This Privacy Policy applies to all the publicly accessible pages on the SCHN site located at www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au. The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network does not have any responsibility for the privacy policies or practices of third party sites linked to the SCHN site.

Users of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network site are entitled to expect that any information as a result of that use will be treated within the terms of the New South Wales government's privacy responsibilities and obligations. The New South Wales government's privacy practices are regulated by the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.

What information do we collect?

When you look at the pages on the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network site, 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.

Only sessional cookies are used from the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network site to collect information. This information is unable to be retained once the user session has ceased.

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 the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network site and the services it offers.

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 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 New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988.

What exceptions are there to this rule?

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:

  • unauthorised attempts to access files which are not published Sydney Children's Hospitals Network pages;
  • unauthorised tampering or interference with files published on the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network site;
  • unauthorised attempts to index the contents of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network site by other sites;
  • attempts to intercept messages of other users of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 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 New South Wales or Commonwealth of Australia, or interfere with the enjoyment of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network site by other users.

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network site raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed. In the event of an investigation, the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network 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 the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.

What will we do with information provided in Feedback?

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network provides a feedback facility on the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network to allow users to provide input into the future development of the site and to comment on the provision of service by the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network.

The provision of personal details on feedback is optional. Users may provide personal details for the purpose of receiving a reply to their feedback. This information will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided. We will not add your email address or name to any mailing list. The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network may publish aggregated information about feedback on the site, to the extent that it does not identify or cannot be used to identify individual users.

Will this policy 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 policy will be posted to this site and will operate from the time it is posted.