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Privacy Policy

Frank Fenner Foundation ("we" or "us") respects your privacy and has adopted policies and procedures for ensuring that personal information about visitors ("you") is handled responsibly. This statement describes the privacy practices of the Frank Fenner Foundation website (on the Internet at

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this web site, please contact us.

This statement outlines:

  1. What personally identifiable information Frank Fenner Foundation collects through the Frank Fenner Foundation website.
  2. What personally identifiable information third parties collect.
  3. How Frank Fenner Foundation uses visitor information.
  4. With whom Frank Fenner Foundation may share visitor information.


Information Collection

Frank Fenner Foundation collects information from our visitors in three ways:

(a) when it is provided directly by you

(b) Plone uses cookies for administration

(c) Webalyzer collects information data for site management information.

  • When you browse this web site, our system automatically makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes in relation to (b) and (c):
  • your server address;
  • top level domain name (e.g.: .com, .net, .gov, .au, etc);
  • the type of browser and operating system you used;
  • date and time of your visit;
  • the previous site visited;
  • which pages are accessed;
  • the time spent on individual pages and the site overall;
  • which files were downloaded.


This information is analysed to determine this web site's usage statistics.

However, no attempt will be made to identify individual users or their browsing activities except, in the event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency exercises a warrant to inspect our service provider's log files.

Any personal information you choose to provide will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided and will not be disclosed to other persons or organisations without your prior consent or if required by law.

The Internet is an insecure medium and users should be aware that there are inherent risks transmitting information across the Internet.


Visitors may browse our website, subject to our website Terms of Service, without providing any individually identifiable information.


Visitors must register in order to use certain features of our website, such as our online discussion forums and e-mail updates. During registration, a visitor is required to provide contact information such as name, e-mail address, and postal address. We use this information to contact visitors about information, features and services that we believe may be of interest. Registration data may also include demographic information (such as gender or age) and subject matter preferences so that we can effectively tailor editorial content according to interest.

Requests and Orders

When a visitor asks us to provide information or a service, we request information to enable us to respond to the visitor. This information could include contact information (such as name, e-mail address, and postal address) and, if applicable, areas of interest, financial, payment, or billing information.

Communications from Frank Fenner Foundation

Frank Fenner Foundation by e-mail

If a visitor wishes to subscribe to our e-mail newsletter or other bulletins, we must collect registration information including the visitor's name and e-mail address. Subscribers may unsubscribe to stop receiving these e-mail communications. Please see the "Opt-Out" section of this policy below.


We occasionally send registered visitors e-mail messages about features on our website, promotions, events, or other information that may be of interest to them. These messages are usually tailored to expressed interests – they are very rarely sent to all registered users.

Customer Service

If we need to communicate with a registered visitor, we generally use e-mail, but may use other methods of communication as appropriate, if the visitor supplies such information to us.

Sharing of Information

Legal Requirements

Though we make every effort to preserve visitor privacy, we may need to disclose personal information as required by law or if we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding or a court order or legal process served on us, or to assert or defend our legal rights, or to protect us or others from harm to persons or property.

Non-Personally Identifiable Aggregate Information

We may share aggregated demographic information with other entities such as our funding providers and other organizations who are active in environmental and health issues.

Public Postings

Our website provides numerous opportunities for visitors to express their opinions and views, in accordance with the standards of conduct in our Terms of Service. Visitors submit information to these forums with the understanding that the information will be made publicly available. For example, letters to the editor, letters to Frank Fenner Foundation, bulletin board postings, and statements made in an online discussion forum may be posted as we determine to be appropriate, and this content may be attributed to you. Frank Fenner Foundation exercises its discretion in determining what to post and what to remove. In some cases, Frank Fenner Foundation edits visitor-submitted contributions to improve their brevity and clarity for the benefit of visitors to the website.

In the case of our on-line forums, we do not monitor postings, so visitors should be careful not to post anything that they do not wish to be publicly available. Once information is made publicly available on our website (no matter how long it may remain available), it may be copied or downloaded by other persons, and Frank Fenner Foundation has no control over who may obtain the information or what they may do with it. Frank Fenner Foundation reserves the right to remove any material on its website at any time without prior notice or explanation. When it does so it may choose whether or not to enter into any correspondence about such removal

Service Providers

We share personally identifiable information with the companies and organizations that provide services for us or our website. For example, the companies that operate our website and maintain our computers need access to information necessary to perform their tasks.

Opt out

Visitors who no longer wish to receive information from us may opt out of receiving communications by sending an e-mail message to with "unsubscribe" in the subject line. Visitors may also opt out by visiting our unsubscribe page, by calling 02 6288 0760, by faxing 02 6287 4489, or by writing to Webmaster, Frank Fenner Foundation, PO Box 11, Canberra, ACT, Australia 2602.


We occasionally conduct surveys. Participation in these is completely voluntary and visitors have a choice of whether to disclose personally identifiable information in order to take part. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and mailing address) and demographic information (such as gender or age). Contact information will be shared with the survey sponsors or used by Frank Fenner Foundation internally to engage with participants. Non-identifying survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of Frank Fenner Foundation's website. Visitors' personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties involved in surveys unless we give prior notice.

Other Information


We take precautions to protect our visitors' information, including physical, technical, and administrative measures intended to prevent unauthorized access to or use of personally identifiable visitor information.


This website contains links to other sites that offer their own information, products, services, and features that may be of interest to Frank Fenner Foundation visitors. However, Frank Fenner Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our visitors to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.

Correcting and Updating Personal Information

If a visitor's personally identifiable information changes (such as e-mail address, mailing address, or phone number), or if a visitor wishes to remove their information from our systems, we provide a way to correct, update, or delete/deactivate visitors' personally identifiable information. This can be done by making a written, telephone, or e-mail request to Frank Fenner Foundation using one of the methods of contact described below under "Contact Information."

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, and to other places we deem appropriate so our visitors are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

In some cases when we post a notice of privacy-policy changes, we will also e-mail visitors who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices.

Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you may contact Frank Fenner Foundation's privacy officer by e-mail at, by telephone at 02 6125 2526, by fax at 02 6125 1756, or by mail at Webmaster, Frank Fenner Foundation, P O Box 11, Canberra, ACT, Australia 2602.