Guy’s and St Thomas’ collects three kinds of information from visitors to this website. visitor usage data from server log files, e-mail information and contact registration details when you send an enquiry form.
Server log files allow us to record visitor usage of the site. Guy’s and St Thomas’ may collate this type of information in order to make changes to the site and its content – based on the way visitors interact with it. Log files do not contain any personal information.
Email Information and Contact Registration Details
When you click on a link to send an email to us or you are asked to submit an enquiry form with details such as your name, email address and telephone contact number, this data is sent by our server as an email message and is not logged by any other system. We will not e-mail you in the future unless you have given us your consent.
Third Party Websites
What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data that are gathered from the device you use to visit our website, for example your computer or mobile phone. Cookies are created to improve your experience of websites, for example they are needed for shopping carts or if you visit a site where you need to log in.
Cookies can be classified into persistent or session and first party or third party, explained below.
- Session cookies are created temporarily when you a visit a website, for example to remember your information entered in a form when navigating to different pages. They do not contain any personal information about you and are deleted when you leave the site.
- Persistent cookies (also called a stored or permanent cookie) are used to collect information such as web surfing behaviour or preferences for a specific website. These cookies are not deleted when you leave the website, but expire after a set period.
- First or third party cookies – these describe whether the cookies are issued by the website that you are currently visiting (first party) or by a different site (third party).
Why is this important?
The EU privacy law came into effect on 26 May 2011 and the UK government gave website owners until 25 May 2012 to comply. This law means that we must let you know what cookies we use. The law aims to give you greater control over your online privacy. For more information, visit the The Information Commissioner’s website.
If you choose not to accept or to disable our cookies, you may not be able to use some site features.
Changing your cookie settings in your browser
To control the way your device manages cookies, go to your browser settings. The links below are designed to help but are not exhaustive: