Scimex is committed to protecting the privacy of our users. Scimex is bound by the National Privacy Principles set out in the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act).

Scimex will only collect, use or disclose personal information in accordance with the Act and this Privacy Policy.

Scimex may amend this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason, so care should be taken to check the Privacy Policy regularly for changes.

1. Collection and use of personal information

This site may collect and use:

  • User's IP address
  • Date and time of the visit to the Site
  • Pages accessed
  • Media and/or documents downloaded
  • Type of browser used
2. Cookies

This website may at times utilise cookies to collect and store the above information. To the extent that cookies are used to obtain information, such as that listed above, that information will be used to improve the performance and operation of our website only and will be treated in accordance with this policy.

3. Disclosure of personal information

No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect our service provider's logs. This information is analysed periodically to determine the Site's usage statistics.

Scimex will not disclose your information to a third party except:

  • in exceptional circumstances, Scimex may be required or authorised by law to disclose personal information, for example to law enforcement authorities or to prevent a serious threat to public safety;
  • or otherwise with your consent.
4. Handling of personal information

Scimex will take all reasonable steps to protect all personal information held by it from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.

5. Accessing your personal information

We will, at your request, provide you with access to any information which we have collected about you through this website in accordance with Information Privacy Principle 6, Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). To gain access to this information you should contact us.

6. Google Analytics

Scimex uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ('Google') to help analyse how our website is used.

Google Analytics uses a first-party cookie and JavaScript code to collect information about visitors on Scimex  Google Analytics anonymously tracks how our visitors interact with this website, including where they came from, what they did on the site, and whether they completed any transactions on the site. Please also read the Google Privacy Policy.

To provide you more choice on how the data is collected by Google Analytics, Google has developed the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on instructs the Google Analytics JavaScript not to send any information about the website visit to Google Analytics.

If you want to opt-out, download and install the add-on for your current web browser. The Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on is available for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera at

7. Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about Scimex's collection, use or disclosure of personal information, please contact us. Scimex is a service of the Australian Science Media Centre Inc ('AusSMC').

This page was last updated: 02 Feb 2015