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Data policies - third party cookies and analytics

Open Rights Group made this Freedom of Information request to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

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Open Rights Group

Dear Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust,

I am writing as a research volunteer at the Open Rights Group. We are conducting a study to better understand the data policies of public websites.

We would like to know, in relation to your publicly accessible Internet networks, or Internet networks for your clients:

1) What your policy is regarding cookies, other persistent storage and fingerprinting technologies, specifically referring to cookies set by third parties. In particular:
a) What instruction do you give to the operators of website services under their purview regarding cookies?
b) Is this instruction publicly available online and if not, why not?

Note - we are not asking you to send us your cookie policy, but to give information about your policy for creating/managing such a policy, so to speak.

2) Whether you use analytics based on cookies or any other persistent storage concerning users of these public website services. Specifically:
a) If applicable, what Google Analytics data sharing settings do you use?
b) Are your analytics settings, or use of analytics more broadly, publicly available online and if not, why not?

3) If you produce advice on cookies/analytics, as mentioned above, who is expected to follow it? i.e. who is it intended to be for?

4) What correspondence or advice you have received from the Information Commissioner’s Office concerning cookies. This can be narrowed to a reasonable search for the word “cookie” or “e-privacy” in correspondence between the ICO and your team/department that developed your policy on cookies or the use of cookies. This can be further narrowed down to the timeframe when the policy was under active development.

Yours faithfully,

Charlie Parker
Researcher
Open Rights Group

SWBH-GM-FOIRequests (SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Thank you for your freedom of information request received on 16 May 2018 (below).

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days after the date of receipt as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances we may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised timescale at the earliest opportunity.

In some cases there may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you. If you choose not to make payment then your request will remain unanswered.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Kind regards.

Clare Dooley
Head of Corporate Governance/Trust Board Secretary
Tel: 0121 507 3837
[email address]
Trust Headquarters, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich B71 4HJ

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SWBH-GM-FOIRequests (SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in providing the response to your freedom of information request, due to internal capacity issues. I am in the process of ensuring all responses that are outstanding are provided within the next 10 working days.

With kind regards.

Clare Dooley
Head of Corporate Governance/Trust Board Secretary
/ 0121 507 3837
 07970 229794
[email address]
c Trust Headquarters, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich B71 4HJ

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