Flinders is committed to handling your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act), including the Australian Privacy Principles.
Collection of personal information
In the course of the Study you will be required to provide your email address, date of birth, age, and answers to a range of psychological screening measures. Flinders will not require your name, home address or financial details. In some chapters, you will be invited to upload images but there is no requirement that such pictures be of you.
You may also be given the option of having your responses made available to others in the Study to view, but this is not a requirement and is completely at your discretion.
We will not collect personal information about you from any other source.
This personal information is used to enable you to participate in the Study and to use the Website. If you do not provide the information requested you may not be able to use the Website (or use particular features and services on the Website) or participate in the Study.
How personal information is used
Any personal information collected about you will only be used by us for the purposes for which we collected it in connection with the Study, or for other related purposes that you would reasonably expect, and as otherwise permitted or required by law.
Generally, your personal information will be used to enable you to access and use the Website, to obtain your feedback on the Study or the Website, and for the purposes of research if you are participating in the Study.
The Program is part of an externally-funded academic research project. It is important you understand that a condition of our funding arrangements is a requirement for us to communicate and publish the results of our research. This means the results:
- will be summarised and provided to Australian Rotary Health (which funds the Program);
- will be discussed and/or presented at various national and international conferences; and
- may be published in various medical, health, and psychology journals.
From time to time, the Program may also attract media interest. All communication and reporting of the Program or results external to Flinders will be on completely de-identified basis. Your identity will be kept confidential at all such times.
We may also use your personal information to send you:
- use your personal information to send you information regarding the Program or Website, issues related to body image and the activities of Flinders (including events, programs, goods and services that might be of interest to you); and
- information about participating in further research projects
We will not provide your personal information to any third party outside Flinders for the purpose of that third party using your information to market, offer or sell their products or services to you.
Apart from the above, we will otherwise only use and disclose personal information with your consent (unless uses and disclosures are required or permitted by law, including those prescribed by the Australian Privacy Principles).
This Website may contain links to other Websites. Flinders is not responsible for the privacy practices or the use and protection of your personal information on those other websites.
We may use a unique identifier to identify the personal information we hold about you. We do not assign Commonwealth Government identifiers (e.g. Medicare numbers) or State Government identifiers (e.g. driver's licence numbers) for this purpose.
Storage and Security
We take reasonable steps to securely store your personal information to ensure it is protected from loss, misuse or unauthorised access, disclosure, interference or modification. Information is destroyed or permanently de-identified when it is no longer needed for any purpose for which it was collected.
If you provide us with your personal information via the Website, we cannot guarantee the privacy or security of that information during transmission. Accordingly, any information you submit using the Website is transmitted at your own risk. Once we receive that personal information, we will take reasonable steps to securely store your personal information to ensure it is protected from loss, misuse or unauthorised access, disclosure, interference or modification.
The Website gives visitors the ability to opt-out and remove their information from our database to stop all future direct communications from us, such as withdrawing from the Study. If you would like your listed details to be removed from our database, please contact us at the details shown below.
Access and correction
We are committed to ensuring that your personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you believe any of your personal information in our records is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date, please contact our Privacy Officer via the details shown below.
Upon your request, we will provide you with access to your personal information from our records, except in limited circumstances where the Privacy Act permits us to deny access. Any such requests should be directed to our Privacy Officer via the details shown below.
We may charge a fee for providing access (which will be limited to the amount of our reasonable expenses incurred in responding to your request, including photocopying and administrative expenses).
No Overseas Transfers of your Personal Information
We will not transfer your personal information overseas, except if for some reason you request us to do so, or if we are permitted or authorised to do so by law.
If you believe we have breached our obligations under the Privacy Act (including the Australian Privacy Principles) or that a breach of your privacy has occurred, or if you have any other queries or concerns regarding your privacy and the way we handle your personal information, you should contact our Privacy Officer via the contact details below.
We will provide you with confirmation that we have received your complaint and a time frame within which we will investigate your complaint and provide you with a response. We endeavour to provide a response as quickly as possible (generally, within 14 days of receiving your complaint).
The Privacy Officer for the Study can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by telephone on +61 8 8201 79966, facsimile on +61 8 8201 3877, or by post at: Dr Simon Wilksch, School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001.