Flutracking
Hong Kong University

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Privacy and Data Use Policy

FluTracking (HK) is an academic research study conducted by the School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, Australia.

The information you provide will be kept confidential and the data is hosted on secure servers in Australia. Data collected from Hong Kong participants is owned by the University of Hong Kong.

Your information will be stored on secure databases with your email address in a separate file to the health information you provide to us.

Data that cannot be traced back to participants may be shared with approved research groups to add value to this project by extending and validating our analysis.

Your participation in FluTracking (HK) is voluntary and you may refuse to answer questions or leave the survey at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in any emails we send, or by contacting us on flutrack@hku.hk or 3917 6780.

What information do we collect?

When you look at the pages on this site, our computers automatically record information that identifies, for each page accessed:

'Cookies' are small pieces of text data that a web server can store on, and later retrieve from, a user's computer. They do not personally identify you, but do identify your browser. Cookies can be either 'persistent' or 'session' based. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer, contain an expiration date, and may be used to track your browsing behaviour upon return to the issuing web site. Session cookies are short-lived, are used only during a browsing session, and expire when you shut down your browser.

This site uses persistent cookies. They record your preferences in relation to your use of the site and provide us with other information about your enquiry that allows us to recognise your browser if you return to this website in the future. This allows Flutracking to present information that may be most relevant to you based on your previous visits. They also help Flutracking to understand what parts of the site users find the most useful and improve the effectiveness of the website.

The cookies on this site do not read the information on your hard drive. They do not make your computer perform any actions or make your computer send information to any other computer via the internet. Flutracking 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.

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 FluTracking (HK) to identify patterns of usage of the site. This will assist us in improving this site and the services offered on it.

FluTracking (HK) will not disclose or publish information that identifies individual machines, or potentially identifies sub-groupings of addresses, without consent or otherwise in accordance with the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and, in particular, the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.

What exceptions are there to this rule?

FluTracking (HK) will collect, use and disclose more extensive information than stated above in the following circumstances:

FluTracking (HK) reserves the right to make disclosures to relevant authorities where the use of this site raises a suspicion that an offence is being, or has been, committed. In the event of an investigation, Flutracking will provide access to data to any law enforcement agency that may exercise a warrant to inspect our logs.

Is the information stored securely?

Yes. Information collected is stored in an appropriately secure format and held by FluTracking (HK) for archival purposes. When the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected it is deleted.

What will we do with information provided as feedback?

FluTracking (HK) provides feedback facilities on this site to allow users to provide input into the future development of the site and to comment on the provision of service by FluTracking (HK).

Users provide personal details for the purpose of receiving a reply to their feedback. This information will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided. We will not add your email address or name to any mailing list.

FluTracking (HK) may publish aggregated information about feedback on the site, to the extent that it does not identify or cannot be used to identify individual users.

You may request access to your information at any time.

Will this policy be updated over time?

Due to the developing nature of privacy principles for online communication, this policy may be modified or expanded in light of new developments or issues that may arise from time to time. The amended policy will be posted to this site and will operate from the time it is posted.

Questions, Complaints and Contact Details

FluTracking (HK) is an academic research study conducted by the School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, Australia.

If you have further questions about this study and/or your participation, you are most welcome to contact research assistant Ms Wendy Chow (Email: flutrack@hku.hk or phone: 3917 6780) or Dr Eric Lau (Email: flutrack@hku.hk or Phone: 3917 6719).

Thank you for your interest and participation.