Privacy

The NHS Institute website does not store or capture personal information, but logs the user's IP address which is automatically recognised by the web server. Our log files do not contain any personal information or information about which other sites you have visited.

Other websites linked from this site do not necessarily follow the same policies. Further information on your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 can be found on the Information Commissioner's website .

Glossary

Cookie

Message given to a browser program by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser in a text file. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back. A cookie's main objective is to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.

IP address

Every machine connecting to the Internet has a four-number address (e.g. 146.9.80.88) which may or may not stay constant between sessions online. Many web users connect indirectly to the Internet via an intermediary (proxy) server

Log files

Every time the website is accessed an entry is made in the web server's log file. This tells us broadly where an access is coming from, when it was made, which file was requested and whether the request was successful or not. It usually does not allow us to identify individual users. The data is used to assess usage levels and spot technical problems (such as broken pages or web server errors or hack attempts).

Web server

The machine which on which the website is physically located, which delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.