We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.
(1) What information do we collect?
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
(a) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of our websites (including your IP address, browser type and version, referral source, length of visit, page views, and other actions);
(b) information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us (including your name, contact details and employment information);
(c) information that you submit to any website feature, including the content of messages and forum posts;
(d) any other information that you choose to send to us.
A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
We may use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on our websites. We will use these cookies to store details verifying your login to the websites, and to store preferences that you may set for how you view the websites or some part of them.
Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.
(3) Using your personal information
We may use your personal information to:
(a) administer the websites;
(b) improve your browsing experience by personalising the websites;
(c) enable your use of the services available on the websites;
(f) send you general (non-marketing) communications;
(g) send you email notifications which you have specifically requested;
(f) send you notifications of communications made by other registered users via the messaging features of the websites;
(h) send to you our newsletter and other communications relating to our business which we think may be of interest to you by post or by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require these communications);
(j) deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the websites.
Where you submit information for publication on our websites, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the license you grant to us. Public information submitted to one of our hosted websites may be made visible to users of other websites we host.
We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.
In addition, we may disclose your personal information:
(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
(b) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings;
(c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
(5) Security of your personal information
We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
We will store the personal information you provide on secure (password- and firewall- protected) servers administered by Six Degrees Technology Group Limited, or by such other provider as we may in future judge to be appropriate for this purpose.
Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to a website).
(6) Policy amendments
(7) Your rights
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information will be subject to:
(a) the payment of a fee (currently fixed at £10.00); and
(b) the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity.
We may withhold such personal information to the extent permitted by law.
(8) Third party websites
The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.
(9) Updating information
Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.
(10) Data controller
The data controller responsible in respect of the information collected on this website is Public Health England.