What are cookies?
The cookie does not collect personal information such as name or email address as it is only used to collect anonymous information, for example, browser type. It will not give us access to your computer.
When a user visits a website for the first time a cookie is downloaded to the computer hard drive. When a user visits the website a second time, the computer will automatically check to see if it has the relevant cookie saved for that website by checking the website name.
The website then detects that the user is a previous visitor and will tailor their visit. For example, the first time a user visits the Google Maps website they are given the option to save a location. This information is recorded within the cookie. The next time the user visits the Google Maps website the location is remembered, which is convenient for the user as it saves them time from having to re-enter their location and improves their experience.
This website’s content management system uses traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used so that our website can be tailored to the customer’s needs. It is the local NHS policy to only use this information for statistical analysis purposes. The data is then removed from the system.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but browser settings can be modified so you can decline them if you prefer. However, if you do choose to decline cookies it may prevent you from taking full advantage of this website.
Although the role of cookies enhances the user’s experience of the website, there can be drawbacks. A cookies primary objective is to store information about a websites’ user.
All websites produced by the Kent and Medway Health Informatics Service do not store or collect any personal information about their website users.
Google Analytics (Google)
Purpose: Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions. The cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Browsers do not share first-party cookies across domains.
Additionally, we use a Google Translate API cookie to store your translation preferences for a specific page should you choose to use the translation service.
For more information on how Google track their users, visit Google Privacy Centre – transparency and choice
Temporary or session cookies vs permanent cookies
There are two types of ‘cookie’ used on most websites.
Temporary (or session) cookies are stored on your computer during your active session on the website but are deleted when you shut down your browser.
Temporary cookies are used by websites to ensure that you are recognised when navigating through pages on the website and that any information you have entered is remembered during that particular visit.
For further information see: www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/session-cookies-used-for.html
Purpose: This cookie is set by the Internet Information Service (IIS). This cookie is then made available to ASP.NET applications such as EasySite in order to track the user during their visit to the website. The cookie is deleted when you exit the website and does not store any personal information.
For further information see: www.asp.net/web-forms/videos/how-do-i/what-is-asp-net.
Permanent cookies are stored and retained on your computer to track repeat visits and website navigation. Websites use them to help enhance the experience when visiting the website.
Examples include: YouTube, Google Analytics, Google Translate, Survey Monkey.
Links to external websites
This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that www.dgsccg.nhs.uk is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of other websites.
Deleting and managing cookies
Your browser will allow you to delete or manage cookies saved to your computer. This website uses essential temporary cookies to improve usability. The temporary cookies used for this website cannot be blocked or removed as they enable the website to provide its primary functions.
For further information on deleting and managing cookies, please refer to the All About Cookies website. If you wish to manage or change your cookie settings manually, this can be done through your website browser. For advice on how to do this, please see the Manage your cookies page.
This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for www.dgsccg.nhs.uk. It applies solely to this website; links within www.dgsccg.nhs.uk to other websites are not covered by this privacy statement.
Information collection and use
www.dgsccg.nhs.uk does not store or collect any personal information about site users. The system will record your email address and other information if volunteered to us by you. This information shall be treated as confidential. It may only be used for internal review and to contact you regarding any feedback.
Notification of changes
www.dgsccg.nhs.uk reserves the right to change the privacy statement without notice. It is the responsibility of users to check this privacy statement regularly.
Please note as of 26th May 2012 a new privacy law came into force within the EU, regarding the use of website cookies. Although this site does not use persistent cookies, we have included information below which may help you to understand what cookies are and what they do. If you wish to manage or change your cookie settings manually, this can be done through your website browser. For advice on how to do this, please see the Manage your cookies page.