Privacy

Privacy statement

This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for www.eastcheshire.nhs.uk.  It applies solely to this website. East Cheshire NHS Trust is committed to preserving the privacy of all visitors to this website. Please read the following privacy policy to understand how we use and protect the information that you provide to us.

Data controller

East Cheshire NHS Trust is the data controller for this website under the Data Protection Act 1998. This means East Cheshire NHS Trust is permitted to collect and process personal information about data subjects so that we can meet our business responsibilities. We will process your data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The purpose of the privacy policy is to inform you as a user of the site about what information we collect when you visit the site, how we use the information, whether the information is disclosed and the ways in which we protect users' privacy.

Information collection and use

By using this website you consent to the collection, use and transfer of the information that you provide to us in accordance with the terms of this policy. If you register with the website, or if you fill in a form on the website, you may be asked to provide information about yourself (including your name and contact details).

Your personal information will be used for several general purposes,
including: providing information that you have requested; handling your
enquiries, personalising your experience on the website, providing access to some areas of the website, and keeping you up to date with services which may be relevant to you.
 
There are specific examples where visitors to this website may submit information on a voluntary basis. This may be as feedback, or as a request for information, and so on. Where this occurs it is deemed that the user has consented to the collection, processing and storage of that information for a specific purpose.
 
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we have a duty to protect any information we collect from you. We will not pass on your details to any third party unless you give us permission to do so or we are required to by law.

Visitors to our website

When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of users visiting the site and popular pages on the East Cheshire NHS Trust website. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

We use Google Analytics to help analyse use of our website. This analytical tool uses 'cookies', very small text documents, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site's computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Browsers are usually set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you may alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function as effectively when viewed by you. A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive or pass on computer viruses. A cookie does not hold any information about which sites you visited before this one. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google.
 
This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for East Cheshire NHS Trust. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by East Cheshire NHS Trust and Google Analytics in the manner and for the purposes set out above. To find out more about cookies, including how to control and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org/.
 
East Cheshire NHS Trust will not (and will not allow any third party) to use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to our site. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the Google statistical analytics tool. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither East Cheshire NHS Trust or Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user.

Cookie policy

On 26 May 2011, the amended Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations came into force, covering electronic marketing such as emails, faxes and text messages. They include changes to the rules for cookies on websites, and introduce new powers for the Information Commissioner to serve monetary penalties and to investigate when the law may have been broken.

In compliance with EU legislation, the following lists the use of cookies on this web site:

Cookie Name

Purpose

More information

useTextOnly

This is used to store whether you are in textOnly mode or not.

Persistent for three months.

 N/A

setString

This is used to store user preferences for viewing sites in textOnly mode e.g. font-size and colour.

Persistent for one month.

 N/A

AcceptCookies

This is used to store whether you have agreed to receive cookies.

Persistent for one year.

 N/A

SKSession

This enables us to track the pages that a user visits while they navigate around the site.

 N/A

__gads

The Fendix Media digital advertising network is served by Google DoubleClick which places a first party cookie called ‘__gads’ cookie on our domain in order to facilitate the functionality of the Fendix Media network by controlling the number of times a user sees an advert, and to facilitate campaign reporting. The __gads cookie, falls under the category of Class 2; Performance Cookies, in that it does not store any data about the user, nor does it facilitate targeting ads to specific users.

 

The first party cookie, like all first party cookies, can be read only on the domain on which it was set. Consequently, the first party cookie cannot be used across multiple websites: its uses are limited to purposes such as frequency capping and avoiding the duplication of ads on a page, meaning a user will not have to view the same ad over and over again.

Google Analytics

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Click here for an overview of privacy at Google

 

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

More information on cookies

Web server log files

IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the
network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected
by our web servers so that data (such as the web pages you request) can be sent to you.
 
Web server log files are used to record information about our site, such as
system errors. Log files do not contain any personal information or information about which other sites you have visited.

Security

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we employ security measures to protect the information provided by you, East Cheshire NHS Trust cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use appropriate security procedures and features aimed at preventing any unauthorised access, unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage.

Updating and correcting your data

You may update or correct your personal information online by completing our contact form or by contacting us in writing or by email on ecn-tr.ECNTComms@nhs.net (see the section ‘How to contact us’  section for our full address). Please include your name, address and/or email address when you contact us as this helps us to ensure that we accept amendments only from the correct person. We encourage you to promptly update your personal information if it changes. If you are providing updates or corrections about another person, we may require you to provide us with proof that you are authorised to provide that information to us.

Your rights to access your personal information

You have the right to receive a copy of the personal information that we hold about you. The same right applies to any other person whose personal information you provide to us. We may charge a small fee towards the cost of administering any request made. Please see our FOI section for more information on our charge regime. Requests for a copy of your personal information should be made to the Information Governance Department.

Unsubscribe

You may unsubscribe or opt out of services at any time. You will be provided with an opportunity to do so each time we contact you with marketing information by post or email. Alternatively you may opt out of our marketing lists at any time by emailing us on ecn tr.ECNTComms@nhs.net  with your request to be removed or by sending postal mail to our address as listed in the ‘How to find us’ section of this website.

External links

This website contains links to other websites, both those of government departments and of other organisations. Please be aware that this privacy policy applies only to this website. East Cheshire NHS Trust is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. We encourage users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of other websites.  For the avoidance of doubt, we do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other website operators.

Notification of changes

We reserve the right to post any changes or updates to our privacy statement on this page so you will always be aware of what information will be collected, and how we intend using it.  Regardless of later updates we will never use the information you submit under this current statement in a new way, without first providing you with an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prevent that use. By continuing to use this site it is your responsibility to familarise yourself with this policy regularly to ensure that you are aware of any changes. Your continued use of this website following the posting of such changes will constitute your acceptance of the revised privacy policy. If you do not accept this policy, you may not use this website.

Contacting the website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can email us on ecn-tr.ECNTComms@nhs.net.  If you would like a hard copy of this policy please email ecn-tr.ECNTComms@nhs.net

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