Cookies and Privacy Policy

We will make every effort to protect your privacy by maintaining a consistently high level of site security and following strict policies on how we store and use personal information.

 

The information we collect and how we use it
To access the site, you will need to sign up with us. To access restricted parts of the site we will need to obtain other details from you.

When you use the site, we may track and keep a record of the pages you visit. This data will be used in anonymised, amalgamated form only to allow us to study how people are using our site and which topics are most popular. This will help us improve what we offer on the site.

Your email address will be used to contact you with regard to your account only (e.g. in setting up subscriptions, notifying you of locations for collecting certificates, etc.). If you sign up to the e-newsletter, you will receive information about new modules and features etc.

The information in your My CPD Online area, including the modules you have undertaken, progress on modules, and so on, is considered private. Our technicians have access to it in order to fix problems and maintain the site. However, we do not read this information unless necessary, and will not release it to other people or organisations without your prior consent. Specifically, we do not make this information available to the College’s Postgraduate Education Department, which manages the CPD programme. To demonstrate that you have completed modules successfully for the purposes of your CPD requirements, you will need to print out and present a paper copy of the relevant certificate.

 

Cookies
Cookies are used on this site in two ways.

 

When you log in to this website, we will store a temporary cookie on your computer, indicating that you are authorised to use the site. Cookies are small text files that are saved by your web browser and enable you to move throughout the site without having to sign in each time you look at a different page. The cookies we use have the sole purpose of keeping you logged in, and have no other function. The cookies we use here are "session cookies", which means they disappear when you shut down your Web browser. Use of the areas of this website requiring a login is conditional on a session cookie being in place, and if you do not agree to this you should not use this website.

The other type of cookies we use are placed by Google Analytics. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

More information about cookies, including how to block them and/or delete them, can be found at http://www.aboutcookies.org/. Google Analytics’ privacy policy can be viewed at http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html.

 

IP addresses
Each time you use the internet, your Internet service provider assigns your computer a number called an IP address. This number may be the same or different each time you go online. The website uses visitors' IP addresses to gather general data about site traffic. Each time your computer requests information from our site, we log your IP address on our server. We cannot identify you from your IP address.

 

Module feedback
You are able to give feedback about a learning module after completing it. This information may be made visible to other users of the site, including guest users, in which case it will be unattributed. We will also use it to improve our site.

 

To whom will we disclose information about you?
We will not disclose your personal data to any third party, other than those who provide IT and support services to us and only where bound by duties of confidentiality.

 

How personal information is stored and protected
Your personal data is stored in our databases, which are only available to the web administrators and authorised CPDO staff on a password-protected basis.

 

Authentication
You should not share your user name and password with other people.

 

Your consent
By submitting your information, you consent to the use of that information as set out in this policy. You should review this policy regularly, to note any changes as to how we collect and use personal information.

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