Privacy statement

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies privacy statement

Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us at The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies(the Observatory). Because we gather certain types of information about the users of the Observatory site and services, we want to ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it. This statement applies to the whole WHO/Europe web site – that is, everything covered by the euro.who.int domain name, including www.observatory.dk. The Observatory provides this web site as a public service.

Information collected and stored automatically

Of the information we learn about you from your visit to the Observatory web site, we store only the following: the IP address (see the glossary for a definition) from which you access the Internet, the date and time, the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site, the name of the file or the words that you searched, and the browser used to access our site. We use this information to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and system performance, and to identify problem areas. It helps us learn about the geographical distribution of our visitors and the technology they use to access our site. We also use this information to help us expand the coverage of the site and to make it more useful. This information is never connected with personal information. The Observatory periodically deletes its web logs.

Cookies

A cookie is a small file that a web site transfers to your computer's hard disk, allowing our server to remember specific information about your session. On the Observatory web site, this allows the system to remember your language of choice and to display information in that language at your next visit. See the glossary below for a fuller explanation.

Personally provided information

If you choose to provide us with personal information by sending an e-mail, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it through our web site, we use that information to respond to your message and to help provide you with the information or material that you request. On occasion, we may study the types of questions sent to us. These studies help us to improve our web site to make it more responsive to the needs of our users. We do not give, share, sell or transfer any personal information to a third party.

If you don't want to share your information

Registering on our site is optional. If you choose not to register or provide personal information, you can still use the Observatory web site. But you will not be able to register for a newsletter, forum, consultation or conference.

We at the Observatory view the information that we collect as a valued asset of which we take great care. We will not share, sell, distribute or rent your information – including but not limited to your e-mail address – to anyone.

Links to other sites

Some WHO/Europe web subsites provide links to other Internet sites that provide health information. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy statement of the new site. WHO/Europe and the Observatory do not endorse the sites to which it links.

Security

WHO/Europe maintains this site and employs a range of technology to protect the information maintained on its systems from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration or destruction.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about the WHO/Europe/Observatory privacy statement, please contact us at webmaster@who.dk or observatory@who.dk.

Notification of changes

If there are any changes to this privacy policy, we will post them on the WHO/Europe homepage (http://www.euro.who.int), so that you are completely aware of how the changes will affect you.

Glossary

Cookie
A cookie is a small amount of data (which often includes an anonymous unique identifier) that is sent to your browser from a web site's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. Each web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Once the user has closed the browser, the cookie will no longer be accessed during that session.

IP address
When your web browser or e-mail application requests a web page or e-mail from another computer on the Internet, it automatically gives that computer the address to which it should send the information. This is called your computer's Internet protocol (IP) address. For many users accessing the Internet from a dial-up Internet service provider (ISP), the IP addresses differ every time they log on.