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Privacy and Cookies

This page explains our privacy policy and how we will use and protect any information about you that you give us when you visit this website.

This privacy statement only covers the NIHR website. It does not cover all sites that can be linked to from this site, so you should always be aware when you are moving to another site and read the privacy statement on that site.

The Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it.

We do not pass on your details to any third party or other government department.

Changes to our policy

If our privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing the page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

The NIHR website contains links to and from websites of other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to the NIHR site.

Following a link to another website

When you go to another website, read the privacy policy on that website if you want to know what it does with your information. NIHR does not pass on any of your personal information to other websites.

Following a link to NIHR from another website

When you come to the NIHR website from another website, NIHR may get personal information about you from the other website. You should read the privacy policy of websites you visit that link you to NIHR if you want to know about this.

These policies will explain how they collect and use your personal information, and whether they pass this on to websites they link you to.

Social networking websites

The NIHR website has a button on the homepage so you can use Twitter with the NIHR website. This website is not controlled by NIHR. By using this button you accept the privacy policies of that website.

Twitter is a social networking service. Users send short updates, or mini-blogs (known as tweets), that are no more than 140 characters long. You can collect followers and follow other users. You can also tag words, and search tags to find out what other people are talking about.

Go to Twitter  (Read the Twitter privacy policy)

Use of cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with govt services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them.

Current cookies

Cookie: Cookie Control cookies
Name: civicAllowCookies & civicShowCookieIcon
Purpose: These cookies are set in order to remember preferences in regards to cookies.

Cookie: SharePoint session cookie
Name: WSS_KeepSessionAuthenticated
Purpose: Essential for Portal login, required for admins on website, optional for visitors.

Cookie: ASP.net session cookie
Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
Purpose: Used to ensure search results are returned to correct user.

Cookie: Google Analytics
Name:__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmd, __utmz,
Purpose: So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors.
We do this to make sure we are meeting users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Cookie: Google Analytics
Name: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmd, _utmv, _utmz
Purpose: To record how many people are using the NIHR website and how they move around the site once they’ve arrived:
_utma tracks how many times (if any) you have visited the NIHR website before.
_utmb and _utmc are connected, and track how long you stay on the site.
_utmd gives us information on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
_utmv and _utmz identifies where you’ve come from e.g. from a search engine or from another website.
Benefit: So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors.

Data stored by cookies: No personal information about you, just information about your computer and your browser.

Duration of cookies:
_utma: Expires 2 years after your last visit to this site.
_utmb: Expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity.
_utmc: Expires when you close your browser.
_utmd: Expires 6 months after it was last set.
_utmv: Expires 2 years after it was last set.
_utmz: Expires 6 months after it was last set.

Full details on the cookies set by Google Analytics are published on the Google website. Google also publishes a browser add-on to allow you to choose that information about your website visit is not sent to Google Analytics.
Cookies set by Google Analytics
Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on

Embedded content

We want to provide interesting and engaging content on our website. On a number of pages we use ‘plug ins’ or embedded media. For example, we embed YouTube videos in many pages.

The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as ‘third-party’ cookies.

Cookie: YouTube
Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Purpose: To track visitor views of YouTube videos embedded in our web pages.
Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. YouTube is owned by Google. See Google’s privacy policy.
Data stored by cookie: Unique identifier, no personal information (data is only used in aggregate).
Duration of cookie: Expires after 241 days.

Cookie: YouTube
Name: usy46gabsosd
Purpose: To remember selections or preferences that a user has made when looking at information or using a service.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.