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Third party cookies

Cookies are set on some University of Edinburgh pages by third party products and services.

Some University pages use third party services or software, such as maps, online videos or social networking features.

Many of these services may set cookies in your browser.

Google Analytics

Cookie name(s)
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz
Data stored
A random unique number or string of letters and numbers to identify your browser, the times and dates that you interacted with the site recently and the marketing materials or referring pages that led you to the site.
When does it expire?
The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.
Description
Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyse how frequently the same people revisit the University website, how the website is found (from advertising or referring websites), and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.

Google Calendar

Cookie name(s)
__utmz, __utma, __utmb, N_T, PP_TOS_ACK, SNID, GAPS, NID, PREF, S
Data stored
Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level.
When does it expire
All the cookies are immediately deleted or expire within 4 months, except for PREF and GAPS, which last for 2 years.
Description
Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Calendar. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Calendar users, as well as information about which calendar you are viewing, and which tab you are currently on.

Google Maps

Cookie name(s)
SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF
Data stored
Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level.
When does it expire?
Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.
Description
Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users.

Youtube

Cookie name(s)
SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Data stored
Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account.
When does it expire?
Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Youtube video, although some expire sooner.
Description
Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Youtube video. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Youtube users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google account if you are signed in to one. Information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States.This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Google, in which case it is linked to your Google account.

Disqus

Cookie name(s)
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, __qca, disqus_unique, UIDR, mc, UID, testCookie
Data stored
Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service.
When does it expire?
The __utma, -b, -c, -v and –z cookies have the same expiration as our Google Analytics cookies. __qca expires 26 years after your last visit to a page containing Disqus, while disqus unique expires in 6 months.
Description
Disqus set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Disqus comment box. While we have no control over the cookies set by Disqus, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Disqus users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google, Facebook, Twitter or Disqus account if you are signed in to one. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Disqus, in which case it is linked to your Disqus, Google, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Slideshare

Cookie name(s)
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, SERVERID, UID, UIDR, mc
Data stored
Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service.
When does it expire?
SERVERID and __utmc expire when you close your browser. __utmb expires in 30 minutes. __utmz expires in 6 months. mc expires in 5 years, and the rest expire 2 years after your last visit to a page that contains a Slideshare slideshow.
Description
Slideshare set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Slideshare comment box. While we have no control over the cookies set by Slideshare, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Slideshare users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Facebook or Slideshare account if you are signed in to one. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Slideshare, in which case it is linked to your Slideshare and/or Facebook account. The mc cookie set by quantserve appears to be related to advertising, and may track your behaviour on our website. The UID and UIDR cookies set by scorecard research appear to be related to market research, and may track your behaviour on our website.

Issuu

Cookie name(s)
mc
Data stored
Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history.
When does it expire?
mc expires in 5 years after your last visit to a page that contains an Issuu document.
Description
Issuu set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Issuu comment box. While we have no control over the cookies set by Issuu, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Issuu users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Facebook or Issuu account if you are signed in to one. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Issuu, in which case it is linked to your Issuu and/or Facebook account. The mc cookie set by quantserve appears to be related to advertising, and may track your behaviour on our website.

Vimeo

Cookie name(s)
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, last_page, embed_preferences, has_logged_in, stats_start_date, stats_end_date, CAL, GAPS, N_T, S_adsense, adsenseReferralSourceId, adsenseReferralSubId, adsenseReferralUrl, adsenseReferralUrlQuery, APISID, HSID, NID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SNID, SSID
Data stored
Various alphanumeric unique identifiers, date of use information, list of viewing settings for the video being viewed, Vimeo and Google Adsense alphanumeric authenticating tokens.
When does it expire?
There are some cookies that expire 10 years after first viewing a Vimeo video while most of them expire between a few days for up to two years after the last viewing of a Vimeo video.
Description
Vimeo sets a number of cookies on any page that embeds a Vimeo video. While we have no control over these cookies, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Vimeo viewers, to hold information about current viewing video settings as well as a personal identification token, if you are logged into Vimeo. Furthermore, a set of cookies regarding Google Adsense advertising campaigns might be set, which contain identifiers that record user browsing behaviour.

Traveline Scotland

Cookie name(s)
JSESSIONID
Data stored
Alphanumeric unique session identifier.
When does it expire?
When the browser window closes.
Description
Traveline Scotland sets a cookie on any page that embeds a journey planner widget. While we have no control over this cookie, it appears to store information for differentiating each visitor session so that they don't have to re-enter information. Removing this cookie won't affect the overall behavior of the widget.

Librarything

Cookie name(s)
LTAnonSessionID, cookie_from
Data stored
URL information and unique numeric identifier.
When does it expire?
Both cookies expire a year after they are set up.
Description
Librarything sets two cookies that hold information regarding the URL of the webpage that embeds the service and a unique identifier to record visits of visitors.

Additional cookies

Some areas of the University (typically those publishing websites under a subdomain - www.something.ed.ac.uk - and those offering secure services) may use additional cookies.

Details of these cookies and information about how you can block them are detailed on each site. Look for a link at the foot of each page labelled ‘Privacy and cookies’.