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Privacy and Cookies

NHS National Services Scotland fully respects your right to privacy when using our website. On this page you will find details of our privacy practices in connection with this website and what we do to maintain your right to privacy.

Data Protection

Any personal information which you supply to Health Protection Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in strict accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Health Protection Scotland, through its parent body NHS National Services Scotland (NHS NSS) is registered under the legal name Common Services Agency for NHS in Scotland. NHS NSS has an entry in the Information Commissioner's Register of Data Controllers (accessible from the Information Commissioner's website at which lists the types of personal information we process, our purposes for processing the information and the people and organisations with whom we share personal information.

Further information on data protection in the NHS NSS can be found on the NHS NSS website.

Collection of personal information through website

NHS National Services Scotland, does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information that you volunteer, either by emailing us or by submission using the online registration and enquiry forms.

Use of personal information collected via this website

Any information, which you provide via this website is not made available to any third parties. Any information provided would only be used by NHS National Services Scotland for the purpose of processing your information requests.

Collection and use of technical information

Technical details in connection with visits to this website are logged, collected and used by our website host, Scottish Health on the Web (SHOW).

NHS National Services Scotland will make no attempt to identify individual users. You should be aware, however, that access to web pages will generally create log file entries in the systems of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or network services provider. These entities may identify the client computer equipment used to access a page. Such monitoring would be done by the provider of network services and is outwith the responsibility or control of NHS National Services Scotland.

Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on NSS servers. Aggregated analyses of these log files are used to monitor website usage. These analyses are used to allow us to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our websites. All log file information collected by NSS is kept secure and is not provided to any third parties.

For more detailed guidance, read Scottish Health On the Web's privacy policy.

Use of Cookies

A cookie is a small data file that certain websites write to your hard drive when you visit them. These can be used for many purposes. This website sets one functional cookie and its purpose is described below.

Cookies used by this website

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry

This cookie is used to ensure proper communication between your browser client and the web server, it generates a unique id that is used to identify you during your current session. It is non-persistent and will be removed by your browser at the end of your session. Removal of this cookie may results in some of the site functionality not working correctly.

At end of session
__utmb Google Analytics cookie. This stores the domain name (hash code) of site, pages viewed this session, current time. 30 minutes
__utmc Google Analytics cookie. This stores the domain name (hash code) of site. At end of session
__utma Google Analytics cookie. This stores the domain name (hash code) of site, a unique visitor id (randomly generated number), time of first visit, time of previous visit, current time, number of sessions since first visit. 2 years
__utmz Google Analytics cookie. This stores the domain name (hash code) of site, time when cookie last set, total number of visitor sessions, number of different channels or sources through which this site was reached, source of the last cookie update, search hit tag identifier (or just 'organic' if reached via normal search hit), search medium, keyword phrase used to find site. 6 months
PREF Saves the user's Google identifier, time of first receiving this cookie, last time when preferences were set, checksum for data integrity. This third-party cookie is placed by Google to track a user's preferences from one Google site to another. 2 years
cookie_bar_hide Saves the user's acknowledgement of the cookie message displayed at the top of each page. This means that the message will be hidden on subsequent visits to the site. 1 year

This website is compliant with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) Guidance on the rules on use of cookies and similar technologies and the related Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.


Privacy and data protection enquiries relating to this website may be made in writing to:

HPS Web Manager
Health Protection Scotland
NHS National Services Scotland
Meridian Court
5 Cadogan Street
Glasgow G2 6QE

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