The following is an outline of the approach taken by Federation University Australia to privacy that arises when you visit the ‘iConsiderLife’ My Digital Health child website and give your consent to participate in the study.
We respect the privacy of individuals and advise that a proportion of data you provide to us is considered ‘health information’ or ‘personal information’. However, as we do not know who you are (i.e., we do not require you to create a My Digital Health account and do not ask you to provide us with any personally identifiable information), we cannot create a personal information or health information record that is directly linked back to your personal identity (beyond the internet IP address of the device you are using). Although we do collect general demographic information (e.g., age, gender), we do not share this information to third parties, except as required by law or in the accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2000 or other applicable privacy legislation.
If you have any concerns about the privacy of information supplied to us, you can contact the University Privacy Officer- firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 03 5327 9021.
We gather information in two ways:
- Through technology related to our ‘iConsiderLife’ My Digital Health child website
This can occur through the capture of information in our access logs. This information is non-personal and normally just records your internet IP address. We use this information for statistical purposes.
If you are uncomfortable with the concept of cookies, most browsers have options to reject all cookies or to require you to deliberately accept or decline each cookie offered to you. Speak to your normal source of internet advice (such as your internet service provider) if you require help setting up these options.
- Through your active, yet non-registered account, provision of information to us
Each time you interact with us, new information is being stored but as you are not required to create a My Digital Health account in order to access iConsiderLife, no record on your activity can be directly linked back to your personal identity (beyond the internet IP address of the device that you are using). Although we employ high IT security standards, all online activities are never completely secure and are submitted at your own risk. In all such instances, you choose what information you provide and you choose whether or not to submit the information. However failing to submit certain information may limit your access to the services of this My Digital Health Child Website.
Use of information
We use the de-identifiable personal information or health information obtained on this My Digital Health ‘iConsiderLIfe’ child website to:
- to undertake research;
- improve our site and program(s);
- to communicate health outcomes (aggregate, non-identifiable data) issues or health initiatives to third parties, and in scholarly publications
- to manage, monitor, plan and evaluate our services (including teaching and training purposes);
- to analyse trends and demographics to assist us to improve our program(s); and
- to facilitate our internal operations, including to fulfil our legal requirements, and for quality assurance and management purposes.
We may disclose the de-identifiable personal information or health information to external bodies such as:
- Federation University for research and quality assurance purposes;
- Service providers and consultants engaged by us to provide support services such as clinical administrators and information technology support personnel;
- Commonwealth and State government agencies and departments as required;
- Police, medical, hospital and other personnel as necessary in the event of a crisis or emergency requiring urgent attention; and
- To other parties, as required by law.
Your information is protected
We take all possible steps to protect the de-identifiable information which we have from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
We use and implement professional and industry standards for the security and protection of information collected. For example, information submitted to this My Digital Health ‘iConsiderLife” child website is secured using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software and protected by encryption and firewall technology. We take all reasonable steps to hold information securely in electronic or physical form. We also store information in access controlled premises and in electronic databases requiring logins and passwords.
The de-identifiable personal and health information will be held securely for a minimum of 5 years.
The My Digital Health Websites use website visitor analytics software. This software anonymously tracks how users interact with the Websites, including where they came from, what they did on the Websites and whether they completed any transactions on the Websites.
The Websites record and logs the following information for statistical purposes:
- the user’s server address;
- the users top level domain name;
- the date and time of access to the site;
- pages accessed and documents downloaded;
- the previous site visited;
- the type of browser software in use.
Consenting to participating in the digital health research study.
This My Digital Health ‘iConsiderLife’ Child Website invites you to participate, should you meet the eligibility criteria, in this digital health research study. Before you are able to participate in the evaluation study you must first read through and electronically consent to the terms as outlined in the Plain Language Information Statement, before you can commence the study requirements. The Plain Language Information Statement describes the digital research study undertaken through this child website and has been approved by at least one Ethical Research Review Committee. You can also view the Plain Language Information Statement by using the permanent footer below. Once you have consented, any information that you provide via the digital forms, as well as your online behaviours (e.g., what strategies you use), will be recorded and stored by the My Digital Health Platform website.
Any technical issues, feedback or comments regarding this My Digital Health ‘iConsiderLife’ child website should be directed to our Contact Us form.
Access and use of the digital health research study is permitted to those 18 years and above. You are required to confirm that you are 18 years or older during the sign up / consent process.
Consent to digital health research study
In order to sign up for the digital health research study you must first electronically consent to the terms as outlined in the Plain Language Information Statement and provide truthful information.
Confidentiality of your data
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any data you download onto your computer.