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We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type. This information is statistical data about users' browsing actions and patterns, does not identify any individual. It is used to inform improvements to the website, for system administration, and to report aggregate information to third parties.

For more on our data privacy, see our privacy statement.

For the same reasons, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie.

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device.

From the Information Commissioner's Office guidance on use of cookies

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Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, disabling Javascript, or using the "Opt out" link below.

Cookie name(s)
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz
Data stored
A random unique number or string of letters and numbers to identify your browser, the times and dates that you interacted with the site recently and the marketing materials or referring pages that led you to the site.
When does it expire?
The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.
Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyse how frequently the same people revisit the University website, how the website is found (from advertising or referring websites), and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.

Cosign protected content

When viewing content that has been password protected, cookies are set by the Informatics login system in order for this process to work.

Cookie name(s)
cosign, cosign-<sitename>
Data stored
The web-login service uses cookies to store the fact that you have logged in, what your username is and that you should be given access for a certain period of time.
When does it expire?
These cookies are only valid for the time of your login and are deleted when you quit your browser
When logging in to view content that has been password protected by the University login system cookies are set as this is strictly necessary for the login process to work. As such the University is justified in having a legitimate interest to process and store the cookie information. Non acceptance of these cookies will mean you will not get access to websites protected by the authentication service. We do not use cookies to track any information other than the fact that you have logged in and used a particular web service

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