Privacy & Cookies
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used to make websites work or work more efficiently. For example, they may be required to keep you logged in to a service, or to remember your choice of accessibility settings. A cookie will typically contain a record of the web site which issued it, its own name, and a value which is often a randomly generated unique number.
The cookie will also have a “lifetime”, which tells your browser when to delete it. Cookies can be “session cookies” or “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary and should be deleted by your browser when you quit. Persistent cookies can remain on your hard drive indefinitely (how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie) and may continue to be accessed via your browser.
You can manually disable cookies on your computer, or delete existing cookies. You may also be able to view the cookies already in your system. This will depend on your browser, please consult the appropriate web site for your browser.
However, please note that cookies are essential to the effective functioning of some of the services we offer online. If you disable cookies, a number functions maybe unavailable to you and our websites may not operate correctly in your browser.
For those familiar with the ICCcategories of cookies, we use:
- Category 1, “Strictly Necessary Cookies” to maintain service levels across servers (“load balancing”), to maintain security of access where the user has logged in, and where a programming language issues cookies as a fundamental requirement of delivery.
- Category 2, “Performance Cookies” for anonymous analysis of our web pages, to help us understand how people use them and how we can improve them. This analysis is always anonymous.
- Category 3 “Functionality Cookies” to deliver specific requested functionality, such as display options to support accessibility. Your consent is sought before these cookies are issued.
Information you supply
As you use this web site, you may be asked to provide personal information by entering it on a web page, and submitting it to the CUC by clicking a button or link (this includes discussion boards and feedback forms). Generally, this information will be requested to help us provide a service. However, whenever you enter such information on a web page, the CUC has legal obligations to you about the ways in which it may use and store the data you provide. We will treat that data in accordance with current legislation and aim to follow best Internet practice. The data will not be supplied to anyone outside the CUC without your consent unless required by law, and when stored in a database, this will be in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Information we gather
When you access a web page, information about your usage is automatically collected. This will usually include your operating system, browser, IPAddress (a number, assigned to your computer to identify it on the network), the pages which you browse, the referring page that led you to the current page, your software and aspects of its configuration. This information is available to web service administrators. You are not personally identifiable as an individual from such information alone. However where we hold it the CUC may be legally obliged to release this information to appropriate authorities.
Please be aware that information you share via e-mail, discussion forums, or web pages could be distributed or used in ways you did not intend. For example, if you disclose your mobile phone number in an online discussion board, another user could copy that phone number and distribute it to others outside the discussion board without your permission. Similarly, if you use a discussion forum to relate a personal experience to fellow staff or students expecting it to remain confidential, it could be copied and distributed to others outside your intended audience. Therefore, please exercise caution in sharing via web pages information you would not wish to be made public.