Privacy Policy

  1. About Greater Manchester History Makers

This privacy policy sets out how uses and protects any information that you give when you use this website. History Makers was set up to collect the survey responses for the public consultation on making Greater Manchester the first smokefree city region (a Greater Manchester Combined Authority and NHS in Greater Manchester initiative). It now collects data from members of the public who want to sign up to become an advocate or ‘History Maker’ in their local area.

Greater Manchester History Makers, which operates under Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC), is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should you be asked to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

Data controller and owner

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning
Parkway 3
Parkway Business Centre
Princess Road
M14 7LU

Owner contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. We may collect the following information:  
  • Your first name, last name, email address, phone number (optional), home borough, borough of work and age group if you register to be a History Maker advocate. If signing up as a workplace or organisation then you will be asked the name of the organisation (optional)
  • Online identifiers – identifying you anonymously - online – by for example, obtaining your IP address or the operating system of your device, through cookies. Cookies are text files that are placed on your computer to collect internet log and visitor behaviour information, if you agree to them. This enables MHCC to track how people are using the website, disseminate appropriate health campaign advertisements and improve functionality. For more information about how MHCC uses cookies and why, please see the Cookie Statement.

MHCC doesn’t seek to collect or process sensitive personal information (known as ‘special category information’). This includes information about someone’s health or religious beliefs, for example.

However, in the unlikely event that we do (for example, if a person voluntarily chooses to provide us with such details through the ‘contact’ section of our website or by emailing us) then we will permanently delete this information.

  1. What we do with the information we collect

MHCC requires this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and for the following reasons in particular:

  • Opportunities to be involved in Making Smoking History in Greater Manchester.
  • Internal record keeping.
  • Information to improve our products and services.
  • We will share the data from members of the public who want to sign up to become an advocate or ‘History Maker’ with Salford Voluntary, Community and Social enterprise (‘Salford CVS’), whose privacy policy can be found here. We will also share the data with Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW), whose privacy policy can be found here. We will also share the data with Hitch Marketing Ltd. Salford CVS, VSNW and Hitch Marketing Ltd have been commissioned to work with advocates on behalf of MHCC. Salford CVS and VSNW have a rich history of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) working and have been chosen to undertake this role through a fair procurement route. Hitch Marketing Ltd has supported us on a number of projects and will assist with our electronic communications. Hitch has been chosen to undertake this role through a fair procurement route
  • We / Salford CVS / VSNW / Hitch Marketing Ltd will only contact you by email or phone.
  1. How do we keep your personal information safe?

We look after personal information carefully and undertake several robust security measures:

  • We prevent unauthorised access to, or use or disclosure of it, by restricting who has access to it
  • Our staff receives regular data protection training
  • We have a set of detailed data protection procedures which staff are required to follow when handling personal data
  • We only store personal information so long as it is required for the purpose(s) we collected it for and we regularly review what information we store and appropriately dispose of that which is no longer necessary
  • We regularly update our computers and electronic systems with appropriate fire-wall protection and anti-virus software
  • We cannot absolutely guarantee the security of the internet or external networks of a user’s own device.
  1. Electronic Mail – Opt-in and Opt-out

In accordance with The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, you will be given the option to unsubscribe at any time. To unsubscribe from electronic mail-outs, simply follow the unsubscribe link featured on all of our emails.

  1. Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

  1. Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

  1. Your rights

We want our website users to remain in control of their personal information and to ensure this is accurate and up to date.

You have the right to be informed about how we process your data.

You can inform us if any information we have for you is incorrect or incomplete and you also have the right to request a copy of your information at any time.

You also have the right for your information to be deleted or for processing of your data to be restricted.

You have the right to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services.

You have the right to object to the processing of their personal data in certain circumstances.

You can request any of the above by contacting us via the contact details provided in section one.

Your data will not be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.

For further details about data protection or privacy rights, you can view the following websites or contact the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, which oversees data protection compliance in the UK:

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

  1. Updates on this Policy

MHCC may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. When we do, we will send out a notification to all advocates via email and revise the date shown. We encourage users to check this page regularly to stay informed of any changes and how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. This policy is effective from 28 April 2020.

On 25th May 2018 GDPR replaced the former EU data protection law. For further information please go to


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