An individual’s right to privacy as established under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 is respected by the Cancer Institute NSW and protected. The Cancer Institute NSW does not allow the publication of information that may identify individuals, or might potentially identify them.

Links to other websites, external to the Cancer Institute NSW, are sometimes included in web pages for the convenience of website users, but the Cancer Institute NSW does not have any responsibility for the privacy practices of third party websites linked to the Cancer Institute NSW website.

What information do we collect about your site visit?

When you look at pages on this website, 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, .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 name of the file or the words you searched
  • your name and other registration details (if applicable)
  • the previous site visited
  • the type of browser and operating system you used to access our site.

Google Analytics

Cancer Institute NSW websites use Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate individual IP addresses with any other data held by Google.

We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and web page usage. This allows us to target content more efficiently to visits originating in NSW. It helps us provide the cancer related information and resources that the people of NSW are searching for to improve cancer health, research and treatment outcomes.

The type of information collected includes:

  • the geographical area visits originate from (based on the IP address used to access the internet)
  • how visits are referred to our site
  • pages frequently visited
  • time spent on pages
  • actions carried out (i.e. watch a video, download an information sheet).

For more information about Google Analytics visit You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google. This may have some impacts on the functionality of our site.


We may also use cookies and visitor logs to improve your experience when accessing our website. Cookies are small text files that download to your computer when you visit a website, most major web sites use them. They enable the site to identify your device and preferences. You can disable cookies in your internet browser, but this may impact on the functionality of the site.

The Cancer Institute NSW makes no attempt to associate cookies with users' names or identities. Our server cannot find out your name or email address, or anything about your computer, by using cookies.

The cookies, visitor logs, analytics and other reporting tools used on the site do not match any data collected with any personal information, which means website users browse our website anonymously.

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 Cancer Institute NSW to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us to improve this website and is also used for the purposes of the Institute's functions under the Cancer Institute NSW Act 2003.

The Cancer Institute NSW also creates a de-identified version of this information.

The Cancer Institute NSW may use this de-identified information for research purposes, and may disclose this de-identified information to third parties, including publication of de-identified information in peer reviewed journals and other publications.

What does the Cancer Institute NSW do with personal information?

Email addresses provided to this website will not be added to mailing lists, or disclosed to any other party without the user’s consent, unless the Cancer Institute NSW is required to disclose that information by law. Personal information will be kept in safe custody, sufficient to prevent unauthorised access, and will be properly handled to ensure its safety, integrity and confidentiality.

Do you want to know more about how your privacy is protected?

The Cancer Institute NSW observes the information protection principles set out in the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the health privacy principles in the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 when collecting and dealing with any personal information.

If you have a general privacy enquiry or complaint regarding the Cancer Institute NSW, or if you would like to request access to your information, please contact:

The Privacy Officer
Cancer Institute NSW
PO Box 41
Alexandria NSW 1435

Tel: (02) 8374 5600

Fax: (02) 8374 5709


Right to information

All enquiries relating to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, which gives individuals a right to access information held by government agencies such as the Cancer Institute NSW, should be directed to:

The Right to Information Officer
Cancer Institute NSW
PO Box 41
Alexandria NSW 1435

Tel: (02) 8374 5600

Fax: (02) 8374 5709