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Privacy, Data Protection & Cookies

Privacy

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) 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 NHS National Services Scotland will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in strict accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998.

NSS is registered under the legal name Common Services Agency for NHS in Scotland. NSS has an entry in the Information Commissioner's Register of Data Controllers (accessible from the website of the Information Commissioner) 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.

Cookies

Collection of personal information on this 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 submitting the online 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 is used by NSS solely for the purpose of processing your information request.

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).

User tracking

NSS 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 NSS.

Log Files

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.

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry
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

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.

Enquiries

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

NSS Data Protection Advisor
NHS National Services Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9EB

email NSS.dataprotection@nhs.net