Meda is required by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the “Privacy Act”) to comply with the thirteen Australian Privacy Principles ("APPs") (subject to the other provisions of that Act). The APPs regulate the manner in which personal information is handled throughout its life cycle, from collection to use and disclosure, storage, accessibility and disposal.
Personal information is information or an opinion, in any form and whether true or not, about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.
Special provisions apply to the collection of personal information which is sensitive information. This includes health information and information about a persons' race, ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of political, professional or trade associations, religious or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation and criminal history.
Health information is defined in the Privacy Act to relevantly include:
(a) information or an opinion about:
that is also personal information.
An example of health information is information contained in a patient's hospital records.
Meda will only collect sensitive information if the individual about whom the information relates has consented to the collection of the information or if the collection is otherwise permitted under the Privacy Act.
To the extent required by the Privacy Act:
If Meda uses or discloses your personal information for a purpose (the “secondary purpose”) other the main reason for which it was originally collected (the “primary purpose”), to the extent required by the Privacy Act, we will ensure that:
Our corporate site at www.meda.com.au may allow a user to submit requests to us (including personal information) via email and webforms. We will use that personal information to respond to the user's requests. We will not use a user's personal information for any other purpose.
Meda also collects IP addresses. An IP address is used to identify a user's computer on the Internet. We use the IP addresses for system administration.
In accordance with commonly accepted business practices, we collect and use the contact details of individuals who are employees and contractors of our corporate and other organisational customers. We use this information to advise those individuals of products and services that may be of interest to our corporate and other organisational customers and to maintain our relationship with those customers.
Meda offers a product enquiry line. If you call this line we will collect personal information from you to answer your enquiry and to contact you later if that is necessary. We will not disclose personal information about you to any other person except where required by law,
To the extent required by the Privacy Act, Meda will take reasonable steps to:
Meda will generally provide individuals with the option of not identifying themselves, or of using a pseudonym, when entering transactions when it is lawful and practicable to do so.
Meda will not use government identifiers (“Identifiers”) (such as Medicare numbers) as its own identifier of individuals unless required or authorised by or under law or as specifically permitted under the Privacy Act. We will only use or disclose Identifiers in the circumstances permitted by the Privacy Act.
If Meda transfers your personal information outside Australia, we will comply with requirements of the Privacy Act that relate to transborder data flows.
The corporate and product websites administered by Meda for Australia use servers that are hosted in Sweden that are controlled by one or more related bodies corporate of Meda. Those related bodies corporate provide information technology assistance to Meda and will not use any personal information stored on those servers for any other purpose of their own.
Please contact Meda if you would like to access or correct the personal information that we hold about you. Meda will generally provide you with access to your personal information if practicable (although a fee may be imposed), and will take reasonable steps to amend any personal information that is incorrect. In some circumstances, Meda may not permit access to your personal information, or may refuse to correct your personal information, in accordance with law. If we do this we will provide you with reasons for this decision.
Please contact our Privacy Officer if you have any queries about the personal information that Meda holds about you or the way we handle that personal information:
The Privacy Officer
Meda Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd
Tel: +61 (2) 8209 3422
Fax: +61 (2) 9436 4489
Level 1, 30 The Bond, 30-34 Hickson Road, Millers Point NSW 2000, Australia
Further information about the APPs and the application of the Privacy Act to the private sector generally can be found at the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, at http://www.oaic.gov.au.
Please contact the Meda Privacy Officer using the above details if you have any concerns or complaints about the manner in which your personal information has been collected or handled by Meda.