We are fully committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected when using our website. 

You do not have to submit any personal information to use the website. 

This website only collects personal information that is specifically and voluntarily provided by you when completing our contact, us form; such information may consist of, but is not limited to, your name, email address, company address, and telephone. NB any data entered on the contact us form will be used to make contact and answer questions but will not be retained.

Whenever you use this website, information may be collected using cookies and other technologies. By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies as described below. 

Please be assured that this policy for the NHS North West Genomic Medicine Service Alliance website is compliant with our understanding and interpretation of GDPR:

  • We have never sold or shared email lists to other organisations for marketing or other purposes; nor do we share any of your personal information with them or allow third-party tracking of your visitor behaviours (see also below).
  • Under GDPR, you have the right to access, and ask us to amend or delete any of the personal data that we hold for you. For more information simply contact us with your query.
  • Our website uses cookies, some of which are needed for websites to work properly. These do not collect personal data. But some cookies are used to help organisations with website analytics. If we use these on our website, you can be assured that we will first ask for your affirmative consent. This is in line with GDPR.
  • Our website has links to other websites. Please be aware that this policy covers only our website. You are advised to refer to other websites’ privacy policies or statements if you are concerned about how they use your data.
  • When you visit our website, we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard information on what pages you visit, how long you stay on each page, and even your IP address (which allows your computer to get online and connect to other computers). We do not use this information to identify anyone, nor do we allow Google to find out who’s visiting our website. Instead, this information can help us to improve the content and usability of our website for our users.
  • When you click or open our PDF newsletters available on the website, we collect statistics on how many people opened the document and/or downloaded the document, which helps us to improve newsletter content. 
  • While we take every precaution to safeguard your personal data submitted to our website, please note that we cannot guarantee the same safeguards regarding the transmission of the information you send over the internet and that this must be done at your own risk.
  • NHS North West Genomic Medicine Service Alliance reserves the right to change this privacy policy. Any changes will be posted on our website with immediate effect with the modified or amended notice effective, in relation to you and your information as of that revision date. You should check this page occasionally to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Cookies are used minimally on this website for site usage analytics. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but some parts of the site may not work as expected.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google").  Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. We use the information from cookies to generate reports on the usage of our website. These reports help us to improve our website by tailoring it to the needs of users. 

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How do I control the use of cookies?

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies. However, please note that this may affect how our website functions and may prevent you from taking full advantage of the site. 

If you are unsure how to do this, use your favourite search engine to look this up using the term ‘declining cookies’ with your browser name, or contact your local IT support for advice.

You can opt-out of having your anonymised browsing activity within websites recorded by Google Analytics. You can learn more about Googles privacy policies and how to opt-out of their cookies on the google website here.

We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this and we will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

For more information on enabling and disabling cookies please visit About Cookies.

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Google Analytics _utma
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.

Click here for an overview of privacy at Google

Click here for information on downloading a browser add-on to opt-out of Google Analytics

concrete5 CONCRETE5 This cookie is used by the website's CMS (Content Management System) to track if the user is a public guest or is logged in to an account on the website. This cookie is not used for any other purpose.  
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Our website contains links to other websites.  We do not have any control over other websites once you click the link and leave our site.  If you provide information to a website to which we link, we are not responsible for its protection and privacy and such sites are not governed by this notice. Always exercise caution and read the websites privacy policy in full.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. We have in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security to protect all information provided by visitors via this website from unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

If you would like to request access to your information or update your details, then please contact us.  We treat all requests to access information or change information in accordance with the law. 

Please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us page, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your use of our website.