Why Are We Collecting Your Data? TakeMyPills is a service that helps users take PrEP better – and consequently decrease their chances of contracting HIV. To do this, we need to collect some basic data about you – including contact details and some behavioural information that will help us tailor our responses to you.
What Will We Do With Your Data? We’ll only ever use your data to inform our communications with you about your personal PrEP regimen. We’ll use your contact details to send you messages, and your other information to understand you, your habits … and how this information should impact on your PrEP taking. If we ever use data for research or service improvement, it will be entirely anonymised first.
How Do We Store Your Data?
Your data is stored on IGSoC-compliant servers. These are HSCN-networked computers with the same levels of data security as the NHS. They conform to all healthcare- specific information governance requirements, and we always communicate data via connections of the same security levels.
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TakeMyPills (‘we‘) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. The information you provide to us includes submissions made via the TakeMyPills website (‘our website’) – including versions of our form embedded in the sites of others – and details contained in any other contact with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise.
Where we store your personal data
The TakeMyPills website (‘our website’) utilises high-level SSL security technology in order to ensure that the ‘live’ data you enter is safe. Once you have submitted your data via the TakeMyPills order form, this is transferred in an encrypted form to our test distributor in such a way that they have no way to store your data once they have dispatched the test. Your data is otherwise stored on highly-encrypted N3 servers within the NHS. It is given the same level of security as patient records, and will only be used by clinical professionals in order to communicate your results to you.
Demographic information may also be utilised by clinicians as part of research projects, but this will be done anonymously.
By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing.
Our Senior Information Risk Officer is the Saving Lives IT Lead, Mark Simpson. Our Caldicott Guardian is Saving Lives’s Medical Director, Dr Steve Taylor. You may write to either of these individuals at Saving Lives, Lifford Hall, Lifford Lane, Birmingham, B30 3JN.
Though we take every step to maintain security, and offer encryption of NHS standard, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data. You can exercise this right at any time by contacting our Logistics Manager, Cynthia D’Aguilar, on email@example.com.
The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act by contacting our Logistics Manager, Cynthia D’Aguilar, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
TakeMyPills will not send them any further personal information and they will not pass your name and address on to any other third party.
The personal information you provide us when requesting the form will be transmitted via a secure SSL web portal into the NHS N3 network. The data will be kept in a secure database hosted on our own server. Your name and number will be entered into a separate database in order to facilitate the send and receipt of text messages. This system is administered by our IT partner, Simple Healthcare. Only we have access to that database.
We may contact you to ensure the service is proving beneficial to you, and invite your opinion on TakeMyPills.
You can opt out of any further communication with TakeMyPills by sending an email to our Logistics Manager at email@example.com
While TakeMyPills shall endeavour to make this site available at all times, TakeMyPills will not be liable if, for any reason, the site is unavailable for any period of time.
Access to this site may be suspended at any time without prior notice being given.
TakeMyPills is not liable for any damages arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of or inability to use this site or any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using the site.
The materials on this site comprise the Information Commissioner’s views; they do not constitute legal or other professional advice. You should consult your professional adviser for legal or other advice.
This site offers links to other sites thereby enabling you to leave this site and go directly to the linked site. TakeMyPills is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link in a linked site. TakeMyPills is not responsible for any transmission received from any linked site. The links are provided to assist visitors to the TakeMyPills site and the inclusion of a link does not imply that the TakeMyPills endorses or has approved the linked site.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.
What does a cookie look like?
Below is the content of a typical cookie. This one is from the Hotmail service and has the filename firstname.lastname@example.org (.txt is the standard filename extension for text files):
HMP1 1 hotmail.msn.com/ 0 1715191808 32107852 1236821008 29449527 *
The codes will only make sense to Microsoft’s MSN Hotmail servers.
What is the purpose of cookies?
Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user’s preferences or registration details for a future visit.
The Cookies We Use
TakeATestUK utilises ‘session’ cookies as you make your way through our order form. These cookies are stored in the computer’s memory only during a user’s browsing session and are automatically deleted from the user’s computer when the browser is closed.
Session cookies store a session ID that is not personally identifiable to users, allowing the user to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly. They are widely used by commercial web sites (for example, to keep track of items that a consumer has added to a shopping cart).
Session cookies are never written on the hard drive and they do not collect any information from the user’s computer. Session cookies expire at the end of the user’s browser session and can also become no longer accessible after the session has been inactive for a specified length of time, usually 20 minutes.
How to delete cookies…
Most cookies are easy to delete. You can find out more from aboutcookies.org.
How to control cookies…
All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies.
Users can set their browsers to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. Users can also set their browser to prompt them each time a cookie is offered. You can find out more fromaboutcookies.org.