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Privacy policy

This page explains how the Department of Health uses any information you give to us, and the way we protect your privacy. Protecting the privacy and personal data of the visitors to our site is of the utmost importance to us.

The Data Protection Act

In accordance with the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We will only use your information for the purpose described and we do not pass on your details to any other government department or third party unless you have given us permission to do so. You have a right to access your personal data and rectify any inaccuracies.

Site usage

We do not use cookies for collecting user information. Log files allow us to record visitors use of the site to enable us to enhance the future layout of the site. The data we gather in this way does not contain any personal information or information about which other sites you have visited.

If you provide feedback on our website, we will only use it to develop and improve the site.

Statement coverage

This privacy statement only covers the Department of Health website at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk. It does not cover links within this site to other websites.

Security

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss and alteration of information under our control.

Changes to the policy

If the privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing the page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this privacy statement or the practices of this site, you can get in touch through the contact us page.

Glossary of terms

Cookies are files containing information about visitors to a website (eg user name and preferences). This information is provided by the user during the first visit to a web server. The server records this information in a text file and stores this file on the visitor's hard drive. When the visitor accesses the same website again the server looks for the cookie and configures itself based on the information provided.

Log files are files created by a web or proxy server that contain all of the access information regarding the activity on that server.