What information do we collect?
We collect your personal information when you apply to become a registered member of our Virtual Patient Group (VPG) (includes your name and email address).
How is the information used?
We use this information to:
- Ensure that only registered members of the VPG are able to access the Virtual Patients Group Section of this website and participate in Forums
- Keep internal records of who created which new Topic in a Forum and who replied to which Topic
- Enable you to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to receiving notification emails when a new Topic is created or a reply to a Topic is submitted
- Send you occasional emails to keep you updated about changes to the facilities provided by this website
Your information will not be shared with any other third party unless you have given your explicit consent to such disclosure.
Unsubscribing and removing information we hold about you
You may opt out of receiving email notifications about new Topics or Replies to Topics by logging in to the Virtual Patients Group Section of the website, viewing the appropriate Forum or Topic and clicking on ‘Unsubscribe’.
You may at any time ask us to stop sending you emails that keep you updated about changes to the facilities provided by this website by sending an email with the words UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject box to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like us to destroy information we hold about you, please let us know by email to email@example.com. However, please note that once we have done this you will no longer be able to access the Virtual Patients Group Section of the website or participate in Forums.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work better, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. A cookie often contains a unique number, which can be used to recognise your computer when a user of your computer returns to a website that it visited previously.
Changing your cookie preferences
The “Help” menu in the toolbar of most web browsers will tell you how to change your browser’s cookie settings, including how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether.
We have classified our cookies into two broad types – ‘first party cookies’ and ‘third party cookies’:
- We use Google Analytics (see below) cookies which help us monitor the site and improve it to make your experience better.
- Our content management system will also set cookies without which the site could not function.
In addition, cookies may be either ‘session cookies’ or ‘persistent cookies’. Your computer automatically removes session cookies once you close your browser. Persistent cookies will survive on your computer until an expiry date specified in the cookie itself, is reached.
We do not use third party cookies that track your usage of this and other websites to serve advertising.
Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics (GA) to track user interaction.
We use this data to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to track their journey through the website.
Although GA records data such as your approximate geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us.
GA also records your computer’s IP address which could be used to personally identify you but Google do not grant us access to this.
Disabling cookies on your internet browser will stop GA from tracking any part of your visit to pages within this website.