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College Website Privacy Statement

This College Website Privacy Statement applies to this website which is operated by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (the College). This Privacy Statement may also apply to services offered by the College on websites hosted by third parties.

The College understands and appreciates that you are concerned about your privacy and about the confidentiality and security of information we may gain about you online. The College is committed to protecting your privacy. This College Website Privacy Statement explains how your personal information will be treated as you access and interact with the College website.

The College Privacy Policy explains how the College generally protects your privacy and confidentiality. The principles set out in the College Privacy Policy also apply to the College websites.

Information Collection and Use

The College collects information (including personal information) from our users at several different points on our web site using various forms of technology. The College is the sole owner of the information collected on this web site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement unless you give us specific consent to act otherwise. We will not disclose personal information about you unless: it is in accordance with this policy and our terms of use; it is required by law, or, it is to provide you with membership services or promotional mail.

Log Files

We use IP addresses (i.e. the electronic addresses of computers connected to the Internet) to analyse trends, administer the web site, track user's movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Links

This website contains links to other third party websites. The College is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website. You should be aware that when a hyperlink on this website directs you to a third party web site, you will need to read the privacy statements of that website to determine how that website collects and uses personally identifiable information. The College is not responsible for how third party websites collect and use personal information.

Cookies

In some cases the College may also collect your personal information through the use of cookies. When you access the College’s related websites, it may send a “cookie” (which is a small summary file containing a unique ID number) to your computer. This enables the College to recognise your computer and greet you each time you visit the website without bothering you with a request to register. It also enables the College to track the training and education materials that you view. The College also uses cookies to measure traffic patterns, to determine which areas of the website have been visited and to measure transaction patterns in the aggregate. The cookies used on the College’s related website do not collect personal information. If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can set your browser so that your computer does not accept them.

Using the Discussion Boards

The College complies with the AMA Code of Ethics and draws your attention specifically to point 2.1.3 under ‘Professional Conduct’ which states that one should “refrain from making comments which may needlessly damage the reputation of a colleague”.

Password

In order to protect the privacy of personal information that the College collects, you must take reasonable steps to ensure that your password is not disclosed to any other person or compromised in any way. You should regularly change your website password and in setting a password you should use a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers and special characters.

Security

As the security of Internet communications can be breached in some circumstances, the College cannot warrant the security of information you give us or that you receive from our web site or via e-mail while that information is being transmitted. However, when we receive any information from you, we will use all reasonable efforts to maintain its security and to keep this information accurate and up-to-date. Your information is stored in secure servers. Our employees are obliged to respect the personal information held by the College. Please notify us immediately if there is any unauthorised use of your account.

Acceptance and Changes to Security and Privacy Statement

You acknowledge and accept that your use of the College website indicates your acceptance of the College Website Privacy Statement. The College may at any time vary the Website Privacy Statement by publishing the varied Website Privacy Statement on the College website.