Privacy and Cookie Statement

Privacy

As the Programme is lead by the University of Birmingham the full privacy statement can be found at

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/privacy/index.aspx

Cookies

What are Cookies?

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

Why do we need these rules?

The law in this area is essentially designed to protect the privacy of internet users – even where the information being collected about them is not directly personally identifiable. The changes to the Directive in 2009 were prompted in part by concerns about online tracking of individuals and the use of spyware. The rules are not designed to restrict the use of particular technologies but rather they are intended to prevent information being stored on people’s computers and used to recognise them via the device they are using, without their knowledge and agreement.

The rules require websites that use cookies to first gain the user’s consent.

What Cookies are we using on our site?

Business Critical Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when a visitor has come to the site, and will not be able to monitor its performance. We use the Google Analytics service for this purpose.

Cookies used: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz

Essential Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by visitors which amount to a request for services, such as logging in or filling in forms. Visitors can set their browser to block or alert them about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Cookies used: has_js, PHPSESSID

Cookie name Cookie age What it does

__utma

__utmb

__utmc

__utmz

2 years

30 minutes

Session*

6 months

Created by Google Analytics to track various aspects of your visit. For more information please visit this page by Google.

has_js

Session*

Records whether you have JavaScript enabled or disabled.

PHPSESSID

Session*

Created by our servers to manage your session on our website.

* These cookies will expire when you close your browser.