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User anonymity and personal information on SMHFA websites
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Data protection and confidentiality

User anonymity and personal information on Health Scotland websites

Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on the Health Scotland web servers. Log files do not capture personal information, but do capture the user´s IP address which is automatically recognised by Health Scotland web servers. Aggregated analyses of these log files are used to monitor website usage. These analyses may be made available to Health Scotland staff and partner agencies to allow them to measure, for example, overall popularity of the site and typical user paths through the site.

Except as stated already, Health Scotland will make no attempt to identify individual users. You should be aware, however, that access to web pages will generally create log entries in the systems of your ISP or network services provider. These entities may be in a position to identify the client computer equipment used to access a page. Such monitoring would be done by the provider of network services and is beyond the responsibility or control of Health Scotland. 


Health Scotland will make no attempt to track or identify individual users, except where there is a reasonable suspicion that unauthorised access to systems is being attempted. In the case of all users, Health Scotland reserves the right to attempt to identify and track any individual who is reasonably suspected of trying to gain unauthorised access to computer systems or resources operating as part of Health Scotland web services. As a condition of use of this site, all users must give permission for Health Scotland to use its access logs to attempt to track users who are reasonably suspected of gaining, or attempting to gain, unauthorised access.

All log file information collected by Health Scotland is kept secure and no access to raw log files is given to any third party.

Use of cookies

Health Scotland websites do not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by Health Scotland websites are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.

Data protection and confidentiality

Some services on Health Scotland websites require us to collect personal information from you. To comply with the Data Protection Act and NHS confidentiality guidance, we have a duty to tell you how we store the information we collect and how it is used.

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