Doctors.net.uk will never sell or pass on your email address without your permission.
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
Your personal data will not be passed to third parties without your permission. You will be asked whether your personal data may be passed on to third parties, to help provide you with a better service. You will always be able to refuse permission if you so wish.
M3 (EU) Ltd. is registered under the Data Protection Act. M3 (EU) Ltd’s data registration number is Z5861600.
You do, however, have the right at any time to opt out of Doctors.net.uk contacting you in this way for marketing purposes.
In addition to the specific uses mentioned elsewhere in this policy or in the Terms and Conditions (Clause 4 – Information for third parties), or for which you have given permission, Doctors.net.uk uses your personal data to provide services to you, to administer the site, to improve your browsing experience by personalising site content, to carry out membership administration, to let you know about other goods and services in which you may be interested, to inform you about changes and improvements to the Doctors.net.uk website and services, and for direct marketing purposes (but you do have the right to opt out of this). Doctors.net.uk may also use personal data to monitor the use of the site, to record traffic flows and to carry out research about member demographics, interests and behaviour. Doctors.net.uk does this to better understand the needs of members.
In addition, Doctors.net.uk may disclose your personal information:
In addition, Doctors.net.uk has agreements with sponsors and medical information companies, in relation to certain programs that we run on the website. If you choose to participate in these programmes (for instance by accessing the materials published in connection with it) your participation in that programme, together with your personal identifier, may be passed on to the sponsor of that programme or its associated companies and data processors. If you do not wish for your personal information to be passed to the sponsor, then you should not participate in the programme. Some of the sponsors may be located outside the European Economic Area.
Sponsors undertake to use such data only for assessing your access (and the frequency of that access) to material provided by them via the Doctors.net.uk website for their internal auditing purposes.
Information that Doctors.net.uk collects will only be stored and processed within the European Economic Area [unless we seek and receive your active, specific and informed consent for specific reasons from time to time].
Doctors.net.uk protects the confidentiality of information members send and receive by using a system of password protection for the website and a data storage solution with in-built security features. However, members are reminded of the GMC and BMA guidance that they should not send any patient identifiable data across the Internet and you should not post such information in the Forum area.
Doctors.net.uk will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. Doctors.net.uk will store all the personal information you provide on Doctors.net.uk's. secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. Data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and Doctors.net.uk cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
Members set up an account using their GMC number to verify identity. Doctors.net.uk uses additional security details to verify your identity should you request support from the Doctors.net.uk Helpdesk. Doctors.net.uk also collects details about your seniority, specialty, clinical role and professional interests. This is used to tailor your experience of the Doctors.net.uk website.
Doctors.net.uk gives members the option to change and modify information previously provided. To update profile information, click the 'Update Your Profile' link on your Homepage. In order to provide a service appropriate to your personal circumstances, you will be asked periodically to update information about your specialty, seniority and location. You are responsible for keeping your login details confidential.
The Member Directory on the website is available to all Doctors.net.uk members. This directory provides the full name, medical school, specialty and seniority of Doctors.net.uk members. Members are able to send and receive emails to and from other members, without any personal mail addresses being displayed. You may choose not to be listed in the Member Directory.
Statistics are collected on how and when members use Doctors.net.uk in order to administer the website and to improve services.
This website contains links to other websites. Please note that Doctors.net.uk is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
Cookies consist of pieces of text, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and to identify users returning to a website.
Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Doctors.net.uk use both session cookies and persistent cookies on this website.
Doctors.net.uk may send to you the following cookies:
Cookies 1-6 above are session cookies, whereas cookies 7-9 are persistent cookies.
Use of any other cookies sent by Doctors.net.uk will be subject to your consent.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that Doctors.net.uk store about you may be linked, by Doctors.net.uk, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. Doctors.net.uk may use the information Doctors.net.uk obtains from your use of these cookies for the following purposes:
When you use the Doctors.net.uk website, you may also be sent third party cookies.
Doctors.net.uk's advertisers/partners may send you cookies. They may use the information they obtain from your use of their cookies:
Doctors.net.uk's advertising services providers may send you cookies for the purpose of enabling the service of advertisements based on your previous visits to our website.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:
Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:
Obviously, doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
The Forum is the part of the website where members of Doctors.net.uk discuss their views and share advice. Comments are annotated with the username of the member commenting except in certain fora where anonymous posting is enabled. The anonymous posting capability is provided with the discretion of Doctors.net.uk and may be removed if abused. Unless specifically indicated, the forum is only provided for GMC-registered doctors. The terms and conditions contain further information on acceptable use of the Forum.
Remember that, once a comment has been posted, it cannot be retrieved. Although the website is accessible only to GMC-registered doctors, you must respect other members' and patients' confidentiality. To assist members, the Terms and Conditions for the whole website are available in the Forum area. These specifically ban the advertising of services, and the posting of irrelevant, libelous or malicious information.
Doctors.net.uk may retain Communications Data (such as records of the websites you have visited, services you have used, email addresses to which you have sent messages, telephone numbers called, location data, and installation data) in accordance with the Retention Of Communications Data (Code of Practice) Order 2003, as amended from time to time.
You may instruct Doctors.net.uk to provide you with any personal information that Doctors.net.uk holds about you. Provision of such information will be subject to:
We may withhold such personal information to the extent permitted by law.
This is the Doctors.net.uk service owned and operated by M3 (EU) Limited, a company registered in England under number 3527430.
M3 (EU) Limited registered office is at 20 Western Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4SH. Doctors.net.uk is registered for VAT under number 685853774.