Transfusion Medicine Data Portal Privacy Statement

We are committed to maintaining confidentiality and personal privacy. Collection, use, disclosure and retention of information are subject to, and must comply with, the provisions of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). The purpose of this privacy notice is to describe our practices regarding information use and collection through this Transfusion Medicine Data Portal (herein "Data Portal"). Please note that we do not disclose, give, sell or transfer any information about our Data Portal users unless required for law enforcement or otherwise provided for by law.

We reserve the right to update this policy at any time. Users are responsible for reviewing this document periodically for changes.

What kind of information is being collected and how is it used?

This Data Portal does not capture or store personal information such as your name or home address while you visit and use the Data Portal. The Data Portal is intended only for internal users within the Health Authorities' secured IT network. All users will access it from a Health Authority site or hospital, or using a Health Authority authorized remote access mechanism, such as a token. The Health Authority's IP address is collected.

Information collected automatically (Cookies):

Some of our web pages use "cookies" which are small amounts of information stored by your web browser software on your work station. Cookies are designed to track browsing history on a website generally for the convenience of the user. They help the website "remember" what areas of a website a browser has accessed or used previously. Cookies can, however, be misused, and have become a privacy concern for some because they can be used to record and analyze an individual's broader browsing history.

The cookies we use on this Data Portal and what we use them for are described below. This Data Portal operates on 'implied consent', which means that by visiting and clicking through the Data Portal, we assume you agree with this usage. If you do not agree, then you should not use this Data Portal, or you can delete the cookies after visiting this site, or use your browser's anonymous usage setting (called "Incognito" in Chrome, "In Private" for Internet Explorer, "Private Browsing" in Firefox and Safari). More information on cookies, what they are used for and how to delete cookies after visiting this site can be found at

It's important to know that cookies are plain text files and cannot execute files or make copies of themselves. They do not carry or deliver viruses and cannot scan or retrieve your personal information. There are two types of Cookies – Session and Persistent.

Session Cookies

Session cookie information is deleted as soon as you leave the Data Portal. The use of temporary session cookies is solely for the purpose of allowing the user to interact with the Data Portal in an effective manner.

Persistent Cookies

In a few cases our Data Portal may use persistent cookies to store information for longer periods than the current session.

Monitoring and Logging

Use of the System will be monitored and recorded in an audit log, which will be reviewed regularly to ensure compliance with the Terms of Use. The following is some of the information collected as you browse through our Data Portal:

• IP address (internal to Health Authorities' secured IT network).
• The date and time of each user visit.
• Which reports were run during the session.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the use of this information, you may direct those inquiries to the PBCO Provincial Director:

Provincial Blood Coordinating Office
Telephone: 604-714-2888
Fax: 604-730-1928
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Address: #300 – 1867 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4W1