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Privacy Policy

Cookies and privacy

About cookies

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. They are not used to identify you personally and they do not collect information from your computer.

This website uses both session cookies, which are deleted when you exit the browser, and persistent cookies which are stored on your computer for a defined length of time, or until you choose to delete them.

Current cookies

The following section explains the cookies we use and why. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, unless you explicitly choose to reject cookies. Note that rejecting cookies may prevent some functionality from working fully.

Google Analytics

Performance cookies (either session or persistent) collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to find out how many visitors we have to the site, how they use the site 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 https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en-GB/policies/privacy/

How to control and delete cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Linking to another site from the POCAST

Our website contains links to other sites, mainly those of other health related services, but also to those of other third parties. POCAST is not responsible for the privacy practices within any of these other sites. You should be aware of this when you leave the POCAST site and we encourage you to read the privacy statements on other websites you visit.

Registered alerts and updates


If you sign up to receive our email registered alerts and updates, we will use the information you give us to provide the service(s) you have requested. We may occasionally contact subscribers to help us evaluate and improve the service that we offer. We will hold the information you have provided for as long as you require access to the service requested. If you inform us that you wish to cancel a subscription we will remove you from our mailing list and your details will be deleted from our records.

Changes to this privacy policy


If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Last reviewed 27th July 2016

The POCAST project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London and by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity (Grant Ref No:7006/P36U).