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Privacy Policy

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This policy explains what happens to any personal information we collect from visitors to the ADVANCE Study website and how we will treat your personal information. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website so please, do check this page regularly to make sure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

The ADVANCE Study is committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our website visitors and we therefore take appropriate measures to ensure the information disclosed to us is kept secure, is accurate and kept only for as long as is necessary for the purposes for which it is used.

Information we collect

In running and administering the website and the Study we may collect the following information about you:

  • information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website, including your IP address, geographical location, operating system, pages viewed, website navigation paths and length of visit

  • information voluntarily provided by you when you communicate with us through our website or, by any other means

  • we may also receive information about you from a third party for example, from a family member or friend who wants to tell you about the ADVANCE study or website.

How do we collect information?

We will obtain personal information from you when you enquire about our activities, sign up to e-news/newsletters or otherwise provide us with personal information. We also use cookies to gather information about your visit to our website. This is statistical information and will not identify any personal information about you.

The information obtained via our use of these cookies will be used to help us to improve our website for your benefit. Please refer to the ADVANCE Study Cookie Policy for further information about the type and use of cookies on this site. You can decline cookies by activating the reject cookies setting on your computer.

Using your personal information

We may use your personal information to:

  • administer our website and the ADVANCE Study

  • personalise our website for you

  • send you our email newsletter, if you have agreed to this. You can however, let us know at any time if you no longer wish to receive this

  • deal with enquiries and complaints made by you relating to our website

  • keep our website secure and prevent fraud

  • verify compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website

  • other legitimate uses.

Your personal information shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for those purposes stated within this policy.

Your consent

By providing us with your personal data you consent to the collection and use of any information you provide in accordance with the above purposes and this privacy statement.

Disclosing personal information

We will never disclose the information you give to us to outside parties. We may, however, need to disclose your information if required to do so by law or in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights.

Security of personal information

All personal information provided by you will be stored securely (password- and firewall-protected) on the ADVANCE Study server.

We take all reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

Third party websites

Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.

Updating information

Please let us know if the personal information we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

Access to information

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to access any information we hold relating to you. Please note we reserve the right to charge a fee of £10 to cover costs incurred by us in providing you with this information.

Our details

This website is owned and operated by the ADVANCE Study Project Board.

If you have any questions about any aspect of this Privacy Policy please contact us by writing to the ADVANCE Study at the address given on this website, by using our website contact form or, by email to study.team@advancestudydmrc.org.uk.