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The use of and access to pages of this website is subject to the disclaimer and conditions set below. By using or accessing this website, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Privacy Statement

The Scottish Health Information Network (SHINE) fully respects your right to privacy. Any personal information which you supply to SHINE will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality.

Collection and Use of Personal Information through website

SHINE does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information that you volunteer, either by emailing us or by using the online enquiry forms. Any information, which you provide by way of this website, is not made available to any third parties. Any information provided would only be used by SHINE for the purpose for which you provided it.

Collection and Use of technical information (Cookies)

This website uses Cookies. Cookies are small files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device for example, computer or mobile phone. Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.Visitors can use this website with no loss of functionality if cookies are disabled from the web browser.

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website, volumes of usage and to see how visitors move around the site. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and helps to improve the user experience.

The Google Analytics cookies used by this website are:

_utma - This Cookie stores the domain name (hash code) of site, a unique visitor ID (randomly generated number), time of first visit, time of previous visit, current time, number of sessions since first visit. Expires after 2 years.

_utmb - This Cookie stores the domain name (hash code) of site, pages viewed this session, current time. Expires at the end of the current session.

_utmc - This Cookie stores the domain name (hash code) of the site. Expires at the end of the current session.

_utmz - This Cookie stores the domain name (hash code) of the site, time when last cookie set, total number of visitor sessions, number of different channels or sources through which the site was reached, source of the last cookie update, search hit tag identifier (or just 'organic' if reached via normal search hit), search medium, keyword phrase used to find site. Expires after 6 months.

This site also uses one cookie which is used for managing your current visit to the site;  

site_session- This cookie is used for managing your current session e.g. when completing online forms, logging into the site or using other functions. Expires at the end of the current session.


Every effort is made to ensure that the information provided on the SHINE website is accurate. However, this cannot be guaranteed, and no liability is accepted for any information or advice given here. The information on this website does not constitute legal advice.

Links Policy

The provision on the SHINE website of a link to another website does not constitute any authorisation to access material held at that location. Links to sites are provided for informational purposes only and no responsibility is accepted for the quality of resources to be found on such websites.
The contents and material made available on linked sites are completely outwith our control and as such no liability is accepted for any damages resulting from accessing or failing to access these sites. No endorsement is expressed or implied by the presence of a link on the SHINE website.
The contents of a linked-to website may change without our knowledge and as a result, links may break or may terminate on pages which were not the original targets of a link. No responsibility or liability for the privacy of personal information is accepted for linked to websites, as these are beyond our control.


No warranty is given that files downloaded or accessed from this website are free from computer viruses. No warranties are made as to fitness for purpose, quality or completeness of information. SHINE excludes any liability for errors in or omissions in information provided on or linked to from this website.