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Privacy policy

This privacy policy explains what we do with any data that users of the Choose Life website give to us, including email addresses and information about which pages you have visited.

The security of your data is important to us. This website is maintained by the Choose Life programme team, who are part of NHS Health Scotland. NHS Health Scotland is part of NHS Scotland and is Scotland's national health improvement agency.


What data do we use the website to collect?

The only data the site collects and stores is:

  • your email address if you subscribe to the Choose Life ebulletin
  • information about your visit to the website.

Neither of these two kinds of information is used to uniquely identify you or your computer. 


What do we use your data for?

We send out an ebulletin three times a year. We use visitor statistics to help us improve the website.


How do we look after your data and who has access to my data?

We will not share your email address with anyone apart from a contractor who we might ask to send out the ebulletin. All our contractors must adher to the Data Protection Act. 


How can I tell you my email address needs updating?

If you email we will be able to amend the list of subscribers so we have the right email address for you. Each ebulletin that you receive from us will include details of how to unsubscribe from the ebulletin.

NHS Health Scotland use of website cookies on

We want to make the services we provide easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device (computer or mobile phone) using small text files known as “cookies”.  Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.

Cookies can improve services for you. For example, they can enable a website to recognise your device which means you don't have to re-enter information several times. This can be useful when filling in a website form; or when you want your device to remember user preferences, or recognise your username and password in secure areas.

Further information on cookies, including how you can change your computer settings to better manage or delete your cookies can be found at

We have listed below the cookies we use on

Cookie Name:  ASP.NET_SessionID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when you close your browser

Purpose: NHS Health Scotland uses Microsoft.Net server technology to support This technology will set this ASP.NET cookie to keep track of what is known as “session state” for retaining information between webpage requests.  The cookie is cleared when you close your browser session.

Website Analytics

NHS Health Scotland also uses a web analytics service (eVisit Analyst) to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development to improve the website.

eVisit Analyst uses IP (internet protocol) address and browser user agent data (such as browser type, device type and operating system) to compile these web statistics.  Data is processed anonymously and is not used in any way, or in combination with any other data, to personally identify individuals. The data is stored in the EU for a period of 18 months on our behalf by our analytics service provider, and not shared with any other third party.  This web analytics service does not store cookies on your computer or mobile device.

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