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Privacy Policy

The Department of Health (the Department) respect the security and privacy concerns of users on this and all its websites.

The Department is registered with the Information Commissioners Office as a Data Controller and we confirm that we will comply with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in all our dealings with your personal data. Further information on how the Department respects your privacy can be found on the Department’s website.

The purpose of this privacy policy is to inform you how any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, in using this website will be processed by us. By using the website you agree to and accept the terms of this privacy policy.

As a general rule, no personal information (i.e name, address, telephone number, e-mail address) is automatically collected from users of this website. However, there may be circumstances in which users voluntarily supply such information, for example in emailing us via email addresses or forms published on this website. In this event, any such information will be kept secure and confidential and will be used only for those purposes made known to you at the time the information is provided, or for the purposes specified in this privacy policy.

We do not share data with other organisations unless the law permits us to do so. We will share personal information only with our authorised data processors who must at all times act on the Department’s instructions as the Data Controller under Data Protection legislation. Before you submit any information, we will notify you as to why we are asking for specific information and it is up to you whether to provide it.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them, see our cookie policy.

Any other websites that our website links to are third party sites and we have no control over the way these sites use your information. If you choose to access these sites via the links provided, you should read their privacy policies to ascertain what information they may collect from you and how they may use it in accordance with their privacy policies.

Cookie Policy

A cookie is a small file of information that allows us to distinguish you from other users of our website, and to save and retrieve information about your visit to our website. This website uses Google Analytics cookies to allow us to see how the site is used to help us improve the content and user experience, for example, by allowing us to recognise and count the number of visitors and how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This enables us to ensure that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally and no personal information is collected that could be used to identify you. You are not obliged to accept a cookie and you may modify your browser so that it will not accept cookies and you may delete cookies stored on your computer.