Cochrane Privacy Policy

An official Cochrane policy. Last updated July 2019.

Privacy Policy

This policy complies with new EU legislation (GDPR) effective 25 May 2018.

Cochrane is committed to protecting your personal data. Please read this policy carefully to understand how we collect, use, and store your personal data.

The processing of your personal data is carried out by The Cochrane Collaboration and its subsidiary, Cochrane Innovations. The term ‘Cochrane’ in this document will refer to the Collaboration and Innovations.

If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact

Personal information

Personal information is information that can be used to identify you. It can include your name, email address, postal address, telephone number, and credit/debit card details.

We collect personal information when you create a Cochrane Account, complete an activity with us, register/attend an event, become a supporter and/or member or otherwise give us personal information.

With your explicit permission, we may store your photo, which can be updated or removed on your instruction at any time.

How do we use your information?

We use your personal information to give you the information, services, or products you ask for. We can also use your information for administrative purposes, to let you know about changes within Cochrane and to inform you of other Cochrane activities.

We will only use your information within Cochrane for the purposes for which it was obtained. Cochrane will not, under any circumstances, share or sell your personal data with any third party for marketing purposes and you will not receive offers from other companies or organisations as a result of giving your details to us.

Except for the information that is provided for publication, we do not pass personal information on to third parties unless we are legally obliged to. We will comply with legal requests where disclosure is required or permitted by law (for example to government bodies for tax purposes or law enforcement agencies for the prevention and detection of crime, subject to such bodies providing us with a relevant request in writing).

How we protect your personal information?

We take appropriate physical, electronic and managerial measures to ensure that we keep your information secure, accurate and up to date, and that we only keep it as long as is reasonable and necessary.

Although we use appropriate security measures once we have received your personal information, the transmission of information over the internet is never completely secure. We do our best to protect personal information, but we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted to our website, so any transmission is at the user’s own risk.

Transferring personal data to a country outside the EEA

Personal data we hold may also be processed by staff operating outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who work for us or for one of our suppliers. We will require them to process your information in compliance with the European data protection regulations. By submitting your personal information to us, you agree that we may transfer, store or process your data at a location outside the EEA as outlined above. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is processed securely and in accordance with this data policy.

How to update your information or change your marketing preferences

The accuracy of your information is really important to us. If you think any information we have about you is incorrect, outdated or incomplete, you can login to your Cochrane Account at any time to update your personal information. If you do not have an account or you are unsure how to update your personal information, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

You can subscribe and unsubscribe from Cochrane e-newsletters at any time. Just click on the 'unsubscribe' link in the email. It appears on every e-newsletter we send out. You can also manage your subscriptions through your Cochrane Account.

Email terms of use

Emails aren’t always secure, and they may be intercepted or changed after they’ve been sent. Cochrane doesn’t accept liability if this happens. The contents of emails reflect their author's views and not necessarily those of Cochrane.

Please do not send Cochrane any financial data through email.

The information in emails is confidential, so if you’ve received one by mistake, please delete it without copying, using, or telling anyone about its contents.

Appendix A - Archie and My Account Terms of Use

Archie and My Account Terms of Use is available under the Archie section.

Appendix B - Cookies

Cookies & online privacy

Cochrane uses "cookies" to give you a better website. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. For more information on cookies see the Wikipedia entry here.

Because of the EU Cookie Law and its implementation by the UK as well as other European countries, and because of the new EU legislation (GDPR), we are required to get visitors' informed consent before placing cookies on their machines.

We do use cookies to enhance users' experience. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below.

Please, note that by clicking on the 'OK' button, you will give your consent to our use of cookies throughout all the Cochrane websites managed by us. If on the contrary you'd like to disable cookies, since this action cannot be fulfilled remotely (that's why a 'No, I don't agree' option is not available), please refer to the help information contained in your browser or search the internet for "How to disable cookies" or for even more specific components like the 'Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on'.

Table: list of cookies we use and their purpose.

Name Purpose Default Expiration Time


To remember your selections or preferences that you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service. when you exit the browser
has_js To check whether the user's browser has JavaScript enabled. when you exit the browser
_cookies To save consent given by a user to use cookies. 1 year

__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, _utmv, __utmz, _g, _ga, _gat, _gid

These cookies are used by Google Analytics, the system we use to allow us to collect anonymous information about our visitors for statistical purposes. More information. _utma: 2 years
_utmb: 30 mins.
_utmc: when you exit the browser
_utmt: 10 minutes
_utmv: 2 years
_utmz: 6 months
_ga: 2 years
_gat: 1 minute
_gid: 24 hours
__unam Some sites may be using the service. ShareThis allows the user to share a webpage with other social sites. More information. 10 months
uvc Some sites may be using the service. AddThis allows the user to share a webpage with other social sites. More information. 2 years
__cfduid Some sites may be using the CloudFlare service, to deliver cached images. More information. 5 years

eevolution.hasVisited, seevolution.sessionUnified

Some sites may be using Heatmap, a service to collect anonymous information about our visitors for statistical purposes. n.a.


Appendix C - Overview guidance note to Groups

Last updated: June 2019


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