Privacy & cookies policy

Like most websites, MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd collects information about visitors to its site. Some of this information, such as users’ behaviour when browsing the site, is anonymous and cannot identify you personally. Other information is collected directly, such as when you register for our site.

Information that is gathered from visitors

In order to optimise your web experience, we use cookies to remember visitor preferences when interacting with the website. Log files are stored on the web server saving details such as the visitor’s IP address, browser type, referring page and time of visit.

Where registration is required, the visitor’s email and a username will be stored on the server. If you are a registered user of our site, we store your data on our secure server. We take your privacy very seriously, and would never disclose any of your personal details to anyone else without your consent.

We also use Google Analytics, a service that generates detailed statistics about how visitors use and navigate our website.

Cookies

We use various types of cookies. These small digital signature files are stored by your web browser to allow information such as your browsing preferences to be recorded when visiting the website. Also they may be used to track your return visits to the website. If you would prefer that this information is not gathered, you can alter your browser settings to refuse any cookie or to alert you to when a cookie is being sent. For further details of how to do this, visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/. Refusing cookies may affect the functioning of the website, and also prevent you accessing certain features of the website.

Third party cookies may also be set through our website from links to third party websites, such as from advertisers, institutions, other journals. To find out about their privacy & cookie policy you must consult the individual websites.

How the Information is used

The information we gather is used to enhance the visitor’s experience when using the website and possibly to display personalised content and/or advertising.

The information from Google Analytics helps us plan our content and also receive payment for any services we offer to third parties such as advertisers.

If you are a registered user, the secure data we hold on you will not be sold, rented or leased to third parties except in accordance with our terms and conditions (when you may receive emails Informing you of news, service updates or educational information deemed appropriate to your clinical needs from us or our affiliates)

How data is handled

BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd rigorously enforces its privacy policy to ensure your email remains free of unwanted junk mail and we will never sell or pass on your email address without your permission, except as set out in the privacy & cookies policy or terms and conditions of site use and as notified under the Data Protection Act. If you have any questions about the privacy & cookies policy – or any other aspect of the BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd service – please use the contact details below.

Consent and registered users

By registering with a website of MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd you agree to receive messages. Whenever you give BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd personal data, you are consenting to its collection and use in accordance with this privacy policy. This includes MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd contacting you by email and/or SMS to let you know about its services and to provide information (including promotional information) about other goods and services in which you may be interested. Such information may include that from organisations, such as professional colleges, DoH, GMC, NICE, other government bodies, NHS Trusts, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, financial services companies and medical indemnity organisations.
You do, however, have the right at any time to opt out of BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd contacting you in this way for marketing purposes, except where this information is included in BJC updates covered within our terms & conditions of use. If you have subscribed to one of our services, you may unsubscribe using a link within the email that you receive but this may restrict continuing access to our websites or receiving complimentary print subscription privileges if these have been granted to you by BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd or its affiliate partner organisations

How does BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd use personal data about registered users?

In addition to the specific uses mentioned elsewhere in this policy, or for which you have given permission, BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd uses your personal data to provide services to you, to carry out membership administration, to let you know about other goods and services in which you may be interested, to inform you about changes and improvements to the BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd website and services, and for direct marketing purposes (but you do have the right to opt out of this).
BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd may also use personal data to monitor the use of the site, to record traffic flows and to carry out research about member demographics, interests and behaviour to better understand the needs of members.

To whom might BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd disclose your personal data?

BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd has agreements with sponsors and medical information companies, regulating how they may use your personal data. If you choose to participate in certain programmes run on the website (for instance by accessing the materials published in connection with it) your participation in that programme, together with your personal identifier, may be passed on to the sponsor of that programme or its associated companies and data processors. You will always be able to refuse permission for this data to be passed to the sponsor if you so wish. Some of the sponsors may be located outside the European Economic Community Area.
Sponsors undertake to use such data only for assessing your access (and the frequency of that access) to material provided by them via the BJC website for their internal auditing purposes.
Except as set out above, or with your permission, BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd will not disclose your personal data unless obliged to do so by law, or where BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd needs to do so in order to run its business such as outsourced services for the processing of data.

Confidentiality & Security

BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd respects the confidentiality of members and uses systems to help keep all data secure. With the increased use of electronic data collection, storage and distribution in the NHS, there is a need to ensure that information transmitted from doctor to doctor is only seen by those whom the sender intends to see it. As more data is generated, so the chance of it going astray increases. Any information exchange may result in a breach of security, but most complaints of a breach of confidence by health professionals are due to casual conversations in public places and not because of failures in electronic security.
BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd protects the confidentiality of information members send and receive by using a system of password protection for the website and a data storage solution with in-built security features. However, members are reminded of the GMC and BMA guidance that they should not send any patient identifiable data across the Internet and you should not post such information in the Forum area.
BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of personal data under our control.

Updating profile information

Registered users can confirm or update their profile at any time by clicking on the ‘amend my profile’ tab after logging in.  BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd may periodically ask that you confirm or update information previously provided. In order to provide a service appropriate to your personal circumstances, you will be asked periodically to update information about your speciality, seniority and location.

Measuring website activity

Statistics are collected on how and when members use BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd in order to administer the website and to improve services.

Website links

This website contains links to other websites. Please note that BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

The Forum area

The Forum is the part of the website where much of the BJC community discuss their views. Comments are always annotated with the username of the member commenting, and cannot be posted anonymously. Unless specifically indicated, the forum is only provided for healthcare professionals registered at our websites.
Remember that, once a comment has been posted, it cannot be retrieved, although you can ask for it to be removed. Although the website is accessible only to healthcare professionals, you must respect other members’ and patients’ confidentiality. The Forum area specifically bans advertising of services, and the posting of irrelevant, libellous or malicious information.

Direct marketing

BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd may contact you by email or SMS to market its goods and services, and other goods and services in which you may be interested, but you may at any time request that BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd stops using your personal data for direct marketing purposes. If you wish to do this please contact office@bjcardio.co.uk.

Communications data

BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd may retain Communications Data (such as records of the websites you have visited, services you have used, email addresses to which you have sent messages, telephone numbers called, location data, and installation data) in accordance with the Retention Of Communications Data (Code of Practice) Order 2003, as amended from time to time.

Access to your personal data

Individuals have certain rights of access to their personal data. If you want to request any information about your personal data, please contact office@bjcardio.co.uk.

Inaccuracies and corrections

BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd would like to keep your personal data accurate and up to date. If you become aware of any errors or inaccuracies please let BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd know by contacting office@bjcardio.co.uk.

Contacting BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please email BJC / MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd at office@bjcardio.co.uk.

This is the website of MediNews (Cardiology) Ltd , 657 Fulham Road, London SW6 5PY. Email: office@bjcardio.co.uk; tel: +44 (020) 7731 4945. The company registered in England under registration number 3223277. Our registered office is at 89 New Bond Street, London W1S 1DA. We are registered for VAT under number GB670788691