What are cookies?
There are a few different types of cookies:
- Persistent cookies are used to retain user preferences, relating to a particular website you visit. This can be things like whether you want to be logged in automatically when you visit the website, or whether you've already been asked to take part in a survey for example. Persistent cookies exist on your machine for a pre-set length of time.
- Session cookies are used to retain information during a particular time you've used a website; this can be things like storing the contents of your shopping basket on an e-commerce site. They are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
- Third-party cookies are used by advertisers and social networks to learn about your browsing habits to help deliver relevant advertising and content to you. This, for example means you could be more likely to see adverts for shops you already shop at.
What cookies do we use on our site?
On Patient we use Persistent and Session cookies. Due to the social media buttons you'll find on our articles and the advertising we use to support the site, you may also receive Third-party cookies while using Patient.
Below is a list of cookies used by Patient:
This set of cookies are used by our analytics software to monitor which pages are visited and allow us to make improvements to the website by analysing visitors interest and behaviour. All data collected is anonymous.
If you use the discussion forums and ask the site to keep you logged in, this cookie will be placed on your computer to handle your request.
This cookie is used by the forums to remember your place and which thread you're replying to. It is deleted as soon as you close your browser.
This cookie is only saved on iOS devices (such as iPhones and iPads) to remember if we've alerted you about our iPhone app before.
This cookie is used by Google Adsense to identify and target our site for delivering relevant advertising.
This cookie keeps you logged in while on patient.info. If you choose to stay logged in when you sign into patient.info, this cookie will be stored on your computer for 7 days, being renewed everytime you revisit.
These cookies are used by our MyHealth free assessment tool to store data about you while you do the test. They are both encrypted and contain no personally identifiable information about you.
This cookie is used by us to collect anonymous data to allow us to understand and profile our visitors so that we can make improvements to the website.
Third party cookies
Some third party cookies may be set on your computer by social media websites and advertising networks. These are used to better understand your interests so that they can market more relevant content to you at another time, in much the same way a supermarket loyalty card analyses your shopping bill and will market relevant discount offers to you based on the products you bought. This is called Behavioural Advertising.
If you would like more information about behavioural advertising and how it affects your privacy, please take a look at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk. You can choose to opt-in or out of a variety of different ad networks on this page; http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices or on this page; http://www.aboutads.info/choices.
Changing your settings
We have provided links below to instructions for all the major browsers on how to change your cookie settings.
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Please note: We do not recommend disabling cookies entirely as this will prevent most websites and services (such as webmail and social media sites) from working.
Last revised 05/01/15