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Our privacy policy and the way in which cookies are used on this website

1. Privacy policy

This website does not store or capture personal information from persons reading this website. We use Google Analytics software to monitor visit to this site.

Where we ask for personal information (e.g. in a form) we will explain clearly how this information may be stored, used and/or transmitted before you submit any data.

This privacy policy covers only the website at www.ecn.ac.uk. Links within this site to other websites are not covered by this policy. Please note that the ECN Data Centre has a separate page concerning our data policy, privacy and cookies.

1.1 Email addresses

Persons downloading software from our website may have their e-mail address recorded, and this information may be used for CEH's marketing purposes (CEH – the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – manages this website on behalf of the UK ECN). These e-mail addresses will not be provided to anyone outside CEH.

2. Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example: enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task; recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested; measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

You can manage these small files yourself (via your web browser settings) and learn more about them through advice on AboutCookies.org (external link).

2.1. Our use of cookies

Here we describe – to the best of our knowledge – cookies which may be set on your computer when you visit this site or use some the third-party plugins. Note that if you click a link or button which takes you to another site, cookies may be set by that website. These cookies are not described here.

2.2. Cookies for improving service

This site uses the Google Analytics service. Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This allows us to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number and info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.

2.3 Cookies for delivering certain types of content

This site uses Adobe Flash Player to present speakers' slides that were given at the 'Beyond 2010' conference. Adobe Flash Player may store local shared objects (LSOs), also known as 'Flash cookies' on a user's computer. Adobe's website provides more information about LSOs and how to manage and delete them.

2.4 Third party cookies

When we provide links to third party services we think you will find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. There are currently no third party services on this website, but when we use a third party service will will list it below, with links to their privacy policy where available.

2.5 Cookies used when you log in to the website

Some users have accounts and can log in to this website. When a user logs on with a username and password, this site – which uses the Plone Content Management System – uses a cookie so the user does not have to log in each time he or she visits a new page. To our knowledge, the following cookies are related to Plone’s user login function:

Name: _ac
Typical content: random number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _ZopeId
Typical content: random number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: areYourCookiesEnabled
Typical content: a number (e.g. 1) – presumably a status flag signalling whether or not the user’s browser is accepting cookies
Expires: when user exits browser

Summary of useful terms

You may encounter some of these terms if you read more about cookies.

Browser: Used to locate and display web pages via a software application.

Cookie: Message given to a web browser by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser at a location on the user's hard disc. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back.

Cookies are often used to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.

IP (Internet Protocol): All networks connected to the internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.

IP address: If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this: 198.184.98.9

Web Server: Delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.

Active Server Pages: Dynamic (interactive) web pages which include web feedback forms, login pages and pages which connect to a database.

Session State: A way of remembering you between active server pages.