Privacy Policy Statement

This is the website of Sheffield M.E. Group. This document describes how we will process and use any personal data that you provide to us, or that we may collect as a result of you visiting our website.

We have recently updated our policies in line with GDPR requirements, you can download a Word document to view these by clicking here

We commit ourselves to protecting and respecting your privacy when visiting our website. If you feel that this website is not following its stated privacy policy, you may contact us at the addresses or phone number below.

Our postal address is:

         Sheffield M.E. Group
         The Circle
         33 Rockingham Lane
         S1 4FW

We can be reached via e-mail at or you can reach us by telephone at 0114 253 6700 (our office telephone number).


  1. Information that we may collect and store

    We may collect and store the following information:
    1. Information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website by means of the following:
      1. Google Analytics
      2. Google Webmaster Tools
      3. Bing Toolbox
      4. Yahoo Site Explorer
      5. EasyCounter

      This may include data such as your geographical location, browser type, operating system, referral source, length of visit and number of page views.
    2. Information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with our Sheffield M.E./CFS Yahoo discussion group.
    3. Data sent to us by means of the questionnaire on our website home page.
    4. We may keep a record of any correspondence if you should contact us.
    5. Any other information that you send to us.

  2. With respect to cookies

    About cookies and the way in which we use them:

    1. A cookie is a file that is put on your computer by a website's server. It allows actions such as the ability of the website to recognise you as a user (but not to ascertain your identity) and possibly to store information about your usage of the website.
    2. You can refuse to accept cookies but note that doing this may restrict the functionality of certain parts of our website. You can do this by activating the setting in your browser which allows you to refuse cookies.
    3. We use third-party advertising companies (by means of Google AdSense) to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and would like to know your options in relation to not having this information used by these companies, click here.
    4. Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our website. Google's use of the DoubleClick DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on their visit to our website and other websites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.
    5. Our advertisers use cookies but please note that we have no control over this. Their use is necessary to the functionality of the adverts served on our website. It is your right to refuse these cookies in the aforementioned manner.

  3. Uses made of the information

    We will use any personal information that we collect or that you give us in the following manner:

    1. We only collect and store information necessary to the function and improvement of our services that we provide.
    2. We do not directly share any of our members' information (personal or otherwise) with any organisations not mentioned in this policy.
    3. We will only disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to comply with any legal obligation to disclose or share your personal data.
    4. Data regarding your use of this website will only be collected and stored with the intention of improving the content of our website, to customise the content and/or functionality of our pages for visitors and to serve advertisements. This is statistical data concerning your browsing actions and does not identify you individually.
    5. We do not disclose information which will identify individuals to our advertisers.
    6. We will do our best to protect your personal data, unfortunately, the transmission of information over the internet is not entirely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of data transmitted to our website or to us via email. Any transmission of data is at your own risk.

  4. Third party websites

    Our website may contain links to and from the websites of our advertisers and affiliates. If you visit any of these sites please note that they have their own privacy policies and you should check these before submitting any personal data. We cannot accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.

  5. Access to information

    In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 you can exercise the right to access any information we hold about you as a member of Sheffield M.E. Group. Please note that there may be a charge for this service.

  6. Changes to our privacy policy

    We will where appropriate notify you of any changes made to our privacy policy by posting a notice in the News section of our home page. These changes will also be posted on this page.

Thank you for taking the time to read our privacy policy. Our privacy policy is based on a template provided by Privacy Policy Template who provides a range of free website documents.

The inclusion of information of any kind on this website does not imply a recommendation or guarantee of accuracy. Nor are any views or comments necessarily those of the Group. Before embarking on anything different or new, you are advised to discuss this with your doctor. Sheffield M.E. Group is not responsible for external links.

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