Agreement, Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are Doctors with M.E. (DwME) and our website address is


All DwME content is for professional usage only. All information provision is without warranty and no guidance should be interpreted therein. Neither this site nor associated/linked content provides legal, medical nor any other form of advice. Formal medico-legal advice should be taken regarding post-viral disease or associated conditions where appropriate.

The reader thus assumes full responsibility for use of any information or for failure to account for matters raised and their implications for individual and group litigation/class action contexts.

Copyright and commercial distributivity

Except where otherwise indicated, only the publicly available unsecured content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Commercial use and distribution are permitted and must be without adaptation and with attribution of source.

All secured content is instead viewed with our sole right of distribution, in addition to acceptance of our copyright. Secured content must not be redistributed without permission.

Copy and other rights are reserved.

Whom we share your data with

Data is not shared with third parties, apart from service providers necessary to complete you browsing or transactions. The partners may payment processors or merchants, such as PayPal and Stripe, fraud detection services or related organisations that facilitate any relationship with DwME.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


If you leave a message or other 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 visit our login page, 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 be remembered by your browser for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

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

Further information regarding cookies can be found here (external link).

Analytics and external login services

We use customer experience analytics services that depend on cookies where appropriate to refine our users’ experience, including Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel.

If you are ever presented with third party login pages using external social media or online accounts, such as from Google, Facebook or Twitter, we only receive confirmation that you have been successfully authenticated by your preferred service and do not receive your login details.

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. This includes tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Your created content

When users create content of any kind of communicate with us via this site, we collect the metadata, including the visitor’s IP address and browser “user agent string” to help spam detection.

An anonymized string of text 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 or share images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Website users can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

How long we retain your data

If you create any content on this site that and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up content automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website, 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 created content, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. There may be a minimal statutory fee per account, per data release. 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.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Traffic and data to our site is hosted behind multiple stage of encryption and security, including TLS/SSL certifications and multiple strata reverse-proxying.

We also utilise a number of DDoS, penetration and ‘bad-actor’ detection services simultaneously.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the unlikely event that your account has been breached, you will be notified.

Which third parties we receive data from

Payment processors, software partners, external ‘social login’ providers and others may supply us with reciprocal data to facilitate your login and/or order.

Law enforcement and industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Where required to by law and/or to ensure to lawful activities, we exchange information with national, federal and/or stateauthorities.


Any agreement made is governed by English law and courts and your agreement is with Doctors with M.E. Community Interest Company, registered in England.