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How we use your information

This privacy and cookie notice tells you what to expect when the Royal College of Pathologists collects personal information and how cookies are used. It applies to information we collect about:

  • visitors to our websites
  • complainants and other individuals in relation to a data protection or freedom of information complaint or enquiry
  • people who use our services, eg who subscribe to our RSS Podcast Feeds

Visitors to our website

When someone visits www.e-pathpots.org.uk we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting the website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Registered users

We have to hold the details of the people who have registered to receive the service in order to provide it. However, we only use these details to provide the service the person has requested and for other closely related purposes. For example, we might use information about people who have allowed us to contact them to carry out a survey to find out if they are happy with the level of service they received. When people subscribe to this service, they can cancel their subscription at any time by emailing accounts@e-pathpots.org.uk.

Use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Two of the cookies we use are essential for parts of the site to operate and one has already been set, the other will also be set if you have already logged in to the site (see ‘Essential site cookie’ below). You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site will not work.

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Essential site cookie (for access when not logged in)

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This cookie is essential to identify the site session for content delivery. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

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Essential site cookie (for access to podcast RSS feeds)

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This cookie is used to recognise that the user is logged in. This cookie is deleted when you log out or close your browser.

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Google Analytics

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports, justify funding and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where vistors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

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Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

People who make a complaint to us

When we receive a complaint from a person we make up a file containing the details of the complaint. This normally contains the identity of the complainant and any other individuals involved in the complaint.

We will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to check on the level of service we provide. We do compile statistics showing information like the number of complaints we receive, but not in a form which identifies anyone.

Where enquiries are submitted to us we will only use the information supplied to us to deal with the enquiry and any subsequent issues and to check on the level of service we provide.

Complaints or queries

RCPath tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.

This privacy notice was drafted for this website with brevity and clarity in mind. It does not provide exhaustive detail of any other aspects of RCPath’s collection and use of personal information.

Disclosure of personal information

We will not disclose personal data without consent. As this website is hosted and maintained by an external service provider, they are bound by a confidentiality agreement that precludes them for disclosing any user information to a third party.

Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 25 May 2012.