NB – This page describes our policy for handling information collected from individuals browsing this website. For details of our policy regarding privacy of personally identifiable data collected from participants in scientific studies, please see the policies page
What data does this site collect?
In common with most web sites, this site automatically logs certain information about every request made of it (see below for more details). This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely.
Relevant subsets of this data may be passed to computer security teams as part of investigations of computer misuse involving this site or other computing equipment belonging to the CBU or it’s parent organisation. Data may be passed to the administrators of other computer systems to enable investigation of problems accessing this site or of system misconfigurations. Data may incidentally be included in information passed to contractors and computer maintenance organisations working for the University, in which case it will be covered by appropriate non-disclosure agreements. Otherwise the logged information is not passed to any third party except if required by law. Summary statistics are extracted from this data and some of these may be made publicly available, but those that are do not include information from which individuals could be identified.
The following data is automatically logged for each request:
- The name or network address of the computer making the request. Note that under some (but not all) circumstances it may be possible to infer from this the identity of the person making the request. Note also that the data recorded may be that of a web proxy rather than that of the originating client
- The username, when known, during authenticated (logged in) access to the site
- The date and time of connection
- The HTTP request, which contains the identification of the document requested
- The status code of the request (success or failure etc.)
- The number of data bytes sent in response
- The contents of the HTTP Referrer header supplied by the browser
- The content of the HTTP User-Agent header supplied by the browser
Logging of additional data may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes. In addition, the computers on which the web site is hosted keep records of attempts (authorised and unauthorised) to use them for purposes other than access to the web server. This data typically includes the date and time of the attempt, the service to which access was attempted, and the name or network address of the computer making the connection.
Cookies are information packets sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the web browsers.
The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a web server to identify and track web browsers.
There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
Cookies on our website
The following applies only to cookies that are set by this website itself. The site contains links to many other external sites that may set their own cookies. For information about the cookies set by these external sites, please consult the policies on those sites themselves.
This site uses Google Analytics tracking cookies to collect information about individual visitors, including the time your visit occurred, whether you have visited previously, how you were referred to our site, and which pages you visited. This information is used to compile reports about how people are using the site, and to help us improve the site. The cookies contain no personally identifiable information, although the information provided to us by Google Analytics may include your computer’s IP address, which we will use to identify where in the world you are accessing the Internet from. The cookies set by this site include:
|Cookie Name||Expiration Time||Description|
|_ga||2 years||Stores randomly generated numbers that are used to identify individual visitors to the site|
|_gat||10 minutes||Used to limit the rate at which requests are sent back to Google|