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Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer. They relate to a specific site, and can be used to enhance that site’s functionality and your interaction with it; they may also be used for usage tracking, research, targeting, etc.

Cookies may be ‘session’ or ‘persistent’ cookies. Session cookies remain in place until you close your browser. Persistent cookies remain in place until some specified date or indefinitely.

How do we use cookies?

ISER web sites use cookies to assist you in navigation and to logged-in users to access restricted pages.

In addition, ISER web sites also use Google Analytics, which creates cookies to collect and analyse anonymous data. This helps us understand how our web sites are being used and how to make them better.

Some ISER pages also offer the ability to support us by ‘liking’ us on Facebook or ‘tweeting’ about us using Twitter. If you do support us in this way, a Twitter or Facebook cookie will also be saved on your computer.

ISER web sites do not use cookies for advertising or other commercial purposes.

ISER web sites use cookies following guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

What cookies do we use?

The following cookies are created locally on the ISER web site (https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk):

Cookie Purpose
iser_seen_cookie_notice To confirm that you have seen the cookie information banner so that it is not displayed again
_iserwww_session This is a temporary session cookie which stores encrypted data which allows the webserver to identify your session – it is deleted when you close your browser
request_method To make following links faster

The following cookies are created locally on the Understanding Society web site (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk):

Cookie Purpose
understanding_society_seen_cookie_notice To confirm that you have seen the cookie information banner so that it is not displayed again
request_method TA component of Turbolinks which speeds up browing with Javascript. This cookie stores the manner in which your request was made to ensure it is safe to execute Turbolinks
_understanding_society_session This is a temporary session cookie which stores encrypted data which allows the webserver to identify your session – it is deleted when you close your browser
_redmine_session This is a temporary session cookie for the data user support section which stores encrypted data allowing the webserver to identify your session – by default it is deleted when you close your browser

On one or both sites, the following cookies are created by Facebook and Twitter for the purposes of account identification and to collect usage information:

Cookies Created by Used on
pid, guest_id, twitter_sess, _utmx, _utmv, _utmt, _utmc, _utmb, __utma Twitter https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk, https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk
datr, reg_fb_gate, reg_rb_ref, c_user, csm, id, locale, aut, sxs, act, fr, lu, p, presence, s, xs Facebook http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk
_ga, _gat Google Analytics https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk, https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk

How can I control the use of cookies?

You can control the use of cookies on your computer by adjusting your web browser preferences, choosing to allow them, block them, only allow them from selected sites or only allow certain types of cookies, though this may affect your ability to navigate and/or access some ISER web pages. You may also turn off data collection by Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Where can I find more information about cookies?

For more information about cookies, please see Wikipedia’s HTTP cookie entry.

Date: 2016-12-04