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Privacy and cookies

In order to operate the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions (NIHR HPRU in EI) website, we may collect and store personal information you submit to us via this website. Please read the following privacy policy to understand how we use and protect the information you provide via this website.

This website is provided by the NIHR HPRU in EI and hosted by UKFast. By submitting your personal information, you are consenting to the NIHR HPRU in EI holding and using it in accordance with this policy. The policy is subject to change and any changes to it in the future will be notified on this page. By continuing to use this website you are agreeing to such changes. We recommend that you check the privacy policy each time you visit this site.

Privacy policy

  1. Information that we collect from you and your use of this website
  2. How we use your information
  3. How we handle the data submitted by you
  4. Links to external websites
  5. How to contact us

1. Information that we collect from you and your use of this website

1.1.Information that you give us

When you visit this website you may be asked to provide certain information about yourself, including your name and contact details.

1.2.Automatic information

We automatically receive and save certain types of information whenever you interact with this website. We use this information to monitor website traffic and to assist with the navigation and user experience of the website. Information that we automatically receive includes:

  • Requested URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
  • IP (Internet Protocol) address (this may or may not identify a specific computer)
  • Domain name from which you access the Internet
  • Referring URL
  • Software (browser/operating system) used to access the page
  • Date and time pages were visited
  • Cookies 
1.3 Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. 

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to user needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. 

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. 

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

2. How we use your information

We may use and analyse the information we collect so that we can manage and improve the services on the website. Demographic and statistical information about user behaviour may be collected and used to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of the website. Any disclosure of this information will be in aggregate form and will not identify individual users. 

The NIHR HPRU in EI also uses services from Google on this website to measure and analyse visitor information. For further information, visit Google Analytics.

We will not (nor will we allow any third party to) use the statistical analytical tools to track or to collect personally identifiable information of visitors to this website. We will not associate any data gathered with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the statistical analytics tools.

3. How we handle the data submitted by you

3.1 Data protection legislation

Personal information will only be collected and/or processed by the NIHR HPRU in EI in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (May 2018).  

3.2 Disclosure of your information

Except as set out in this policy or as required by law, your personal data will not be provided to any third party without your prior written consent.

The information you provide will be held on our computers in the UK. It may be accessed by or given to third parties some of whom may be located outside the European Economic Area who act for us for the purposes set out in this policy or for other purposes approved by you. Those parties process information and may provide support services to the University or on the University’s behalf.

Countries outside the European Economic Area do not always have strong data protection laws. However, we will always take steps to ensure that your information is used by third parties in accordance with this policy and legislative requirements.

3.3 Monitoring use 

In order to protect the security and working of the NIHR HPRU in EI network and computer systems, it may be necessary to monitor or log the use of these systems. If there are indications of abuse of systems or that individuals may be using systems in excess of their authority, files, messages and any or all uses of the systems may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected and disclosed to authorised University and law enforcement personnel.

4. Links to external websites

This website may contain links to other websites that are outside the University’s control and are not covered by this privacy policy.

5.How to contact us

Should the information we hold about you be incorrect, you can change and update your personal information and you can have your information corrected by contacting us.

Where requested, we will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data which we keep about you, by contacting us (Oakfield House address). We may require proof of your identity before supplying you with this information to ensure confidentiality. 

We allow you to challenge the data we hold about you and where appropriate you may have the data erased, rectified, amended or completed. 

For complaints or queries about the privacy policy or data protection queries generally please contact us.