Protecting your privacy

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function is committed to protecting your privacy. The fundamental privacy principles we follow are:

  • we don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it
  • we don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law or protect our rights
  • we don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

We operate three websites: brainfunction.edu, cibf.edu.au and intranet.brainfunction.edu.au. It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website visitors

Like most website operators, the Centre collects non-personally identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use our websites.

The Centre also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users. The Centre only discloses logged in user IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of personally-identifying information

Certain visitors to the Centre’s websites choose to interact with the Centre in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that the Centre gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we collect the email addresses of those who wish to receive our newsletter. In each case, the Centre collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the Centre. We do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Website visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated statistics

The Centre may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its websites. For example, we may monitor the most popular pages visited on our websites. The Centre may report this information publicly, such as in our annual reports, or provide it to others. However, the Centre does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of certain personally-identifying information

The Centre discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organisations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on the Centre’s behalf or to provide services available on our websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organisations may be located outside of your home country; by using the Centre’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Centre will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organisations, as described above, the Centre discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when the Centre believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the Centre, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Centre website and have supplied your email address, we may occasionally send you an email to tell you about our work. The Centre takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorised access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The Centre uses cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of our websites, and their website access preferences. The Centre website visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the Centre’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of our websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy policy changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, the Centre may change its Privacy Policy from time-to-time, and the Centre’s sole discretion. The Centre encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.