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PRIVACY STATEMENT

Northland DHB is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Northland DHB Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Northland DHB website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

Northland DHB collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Northland DHB may also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Northland DHB. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Northland DHB for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Northland DHB Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Northland DHB public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Northland DHB does not read any of your private online communications.

Northland DHB encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Northland DHB so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Northland DHB is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Northland DHB and Northland DHB family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Northland DHB collects and uses your personal information to operate the Northland DHB Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Northland DHB also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Northland DHB and its affiliates. Northland DHB may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Northland DHB does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.

Northland DHB does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Northland DHB keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Northland DHB, in order to determine what Northland DHB services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Northland DHB to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Northland DHB Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Northland DHB or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Northland DHB; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Northland DHB, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Northland DHB Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalise Northland DHB pages, or register with Northland DHB site or services, a cookie helps Northland DHB to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Northland DHB Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Northland DHB features that you customised.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Northland District Health Board services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Northland DHB secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Northland DHB secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

Northland DHB will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Northland DHB encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Northland DHB is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Northland DHB welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Northland DHB has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Northland DHB at webteam@healthalliance.co.nz. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.


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