What Are Cookies?

A cookie, also known as a HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.

How We Use Cookies?

This is the Cookie Policy for the North East London diabetes website, accessible from nel.mydiabetes.com

We use cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on our website, including:

  • Keeping you signed in and remembering certain information, so you do not have to repeatedly enter the same details
  • Understand and measure how you use our website so we can continually improve how information is provided
  • Auditable activity (in addition, please see the Third-Party Cookies section below)
What types of cookies do we use?

The site options allow for a selection of basic site functionality, which is necessary for the site to work correctly and for ease of log-in, or (optional) improved site functionality, which helps MWDH understand how the site is used and to make improvements.

There are a number of different types of cookies, however, our website uses

  • Account related cookies - if you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out however in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences such as language or location.
  • Login related cookies - we use cookies when you are logged in so that we can remember this fact. This prevents you from having to log-in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.
  • Surveys related cookies - from time to time we offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights, helpful tools, or to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages.
  • Forms related cookies - when you submit data through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used.

How to manage your cookies

You can set your browser not to accept or delete cookies (see your specific Browser Help for how to do this). However, in many cases, removal may downgrade or 'break' certain elements of functionality. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are unsure whether you need them, in case they are used to provide a service that you use. For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.

Third-Party Cookies 

In some special cases, we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third-party cookies you might encounter through this site:

  • This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
  • From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features, these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.
  • If you have selected the optional improved site functionality, to help us make the products better, and provided your consent and taken clear positive action to accept additional tracking, additional third-party cookies such as Facebook may be applied.

In addition, in some areas, there is additional protection by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply here. We use reCAPTCHA for login and password reset functions as well as most input forms as part of our wider security measures to protect the safety of your account and data, against automated attacks.

If you are unsure whether you need cookies or not it's usually safer to leave them enabled in case it does interact with one of the features, you use on our site. This Cookies Policy was created with the help of the GDPR Cookies Policy Generator.