Privacy & Security

  • 17 Dec, 2018
  • Reading time:6 mins read
Almostadoctor takes privacy seriously. Currently, user sign-ups and memberships are disabled. If you have previously signed up for almostadoctor as a registered user, your data has been deleted.
We may re-introduce some of these features at a later date.

Who we are

Our website address is:

Almostadoctor is a learning resource aimed at medical students, junior doctors and other health professionals to help them learn and understand the basics of medicine.

It was founded by Dr Tom Leach in 2009, while the was a 3rd year medical student. Over the years there have been many contributors to the site. You can read more about almostadoctor on the about page.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Anonymous Users
We may collect non-personal, non-identifiable information about all users to our sites, in the form of cookies. This data is used mainly to asses our site traffic, and to help us improve our services. It may also be used to target advertising, and to aid the user log-in process.
  • If you are at all worried about this information, you are able to set your web browser to ‘reject cookies’. This will prevent this type of information from being collected, however, it may also alter your general web experience, as no personalised web preferences will be remember for any websites you visit. Rejecting cookies will not prevent you from viewing any of the content on almostadoctor.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you use a contact form to get in touch with us, the details entered are sent to an almostadoctor email address. This information is not stored on the almostadoctor servers.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service – Akismet. We collect information about visitors who comment on articles. This information includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).


To reassure our users how seriously we take privacy, almostadoctor is currently undergoing review by several organisations to asses our trustworthiness.

Changes to Privacy Policy

Almostadoctor reserves the right to make amendments and alterations to this policy at any time.
Changes will be accessible at this URL.
For any changes affecting the data of registered users, such users will be contacted by reasonable means (including email and almostadoctor private message) and informed of such alterations.
Minor alterations to the grammar and wording of this document may not necessitate notification of users. However, users will always be notified of material changes to this policy.

External Sites

Throughout almostadoctor are links to external websites. These are often links to other learning resources, and sometimes links to sponsors. Please be aware that almostadoctor is not responsible for the content of these external organisations, and we encourage you to read through the Security and Privacy Policies of any other organisation with which you interact and share personal details. Please note that these external sites may use their own cookies and data monitoring systems.