About the HDF


Cookies on Health Data Finder

The Health Data Finder for Research uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will accept your consent to receive all cookies that we use. However, if you wish to, you can change your browser settings to block or remove cookies at any time. Information on how to do this is available at aboutcookies.org.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small information files placed on your device, these are used to improve services for you. For example: - Improving services we provide by providing you with a personalised journey, where applicable - Measuring how many people are using the services we provide, so we can make them easier and faster to use - Analysing data, anonymously, to help us understand how people interact with government services

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer, mobile phone or whatever device you are using to access the internet. This information is held in cookies. You can learn more about cookies from the GOV.UK guidance on cookies.

For more information about how to remove cookies from your device, or how to block individual cookies from being received, please see the instructions and guidance at aboutcookies.org.

The main cookies we use in detail

The only cookies used on the Health Data Finder are:

Google Analytics (_ga and _gat)

These are both added by Google Analytics and allow us to track the page views and selected items. This is completely standard and used by most applications.

Other (selectedItems)

This is to track the items that have been added to the data set selection list on the data sets page. This stores the ID of the items added and allows the items to persist when users move between pages.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website. If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You will see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.