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Third-party cookies

Some of our webpages use third-party services or software, such as maps, online videos or social networking features. Many of these services may set cookies on your device.

We will ask for consent for these cookies to be set, and you’ll need to accept these cookies if you wish to view the content.

Google Analytics

Google's privacy policy

Opt out of Google Analytics

Name Data stored Purpose Expires

__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmv, __utmz

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. 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. 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.

 

Google Calendar

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
__utmz, __utma, __utmb, N_T, PP_TOS_ACK, SNID, GAPS, NID, PREF, S Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level. 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. All the cookies are immediately deleted or expire within 4 months, except for PREF and GAPS, which last for 2 years.

 

Google Maps

Google's Privacy Policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level. 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. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.

 

Youtube

Google's Privacy Policy

Opt out of Google Analytics

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account. 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. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Youtube video, although some expire sooner.

 

Disqus

Disqus’ privacy policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, __qca, disqus_unique, UIDR, mc, UID, testCookie Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service. 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. 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.

 

Slideshare

Slideshare's Privacy Policy

Opt out of quantserve/quantcast tracking

Opt out of scorecard research tracking

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, SERVERID, UID, UIDR, mc Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service. 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. 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.

 

Issuu

Slideshare’s privacy policy

Opt out of quantserve/quantcast tracking

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
mc Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history. 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. mc expires in 5 years after your last visit to a page that contains an Issuu document.

 

Vimeo

Vimeo's Privacy Policy

Vimeo's Cookie Policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
__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 Various alphanumeric unique identifiers, date of use information, list of viewing settings for the video being viewed, Vimeo and Google Adsense alphanumeric authenticating tokens. 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. 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.

 

Traveline Scotland

Traveline Scotland's Cookie Policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID Alphanumeric unique session identifier. When the browser window closes. 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

LibraryThing Privacy Policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
LTAnonSessionID, cookie_from URL information and unique numeric identifier. 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. Both cookies expire a year after they are set up.

 

 

FindAPhD

FindAPHD privacy policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
FauVisitorId Random string of numbers or letters The FauVisitorId is used to store user preferences and navigation during a session. session only
FauUserInfo stores users country and city E.G.  ctry=GB&city=Edinburgh FauUserInfo data is not used by PhD Connect and the cookie is overwritten on any new session on FindAPhD or FindAMasters where users may be shown different content depending on their location. 1 year
ServerID Sets a number identifying a web server. ServerID is used to manage users’ sessions and balance website load to ensure that website performance is optimal. session only
Emailed Records if an email enquiry has been sent Records if a phd project email enquiry has been already sent this week by that user (used to prevent advertisers being spammed by a single user) 7 days
EmailedDetails stores previous email details Stores previous email details to speed up future email enquiries. 24 hours

 Tockify calendar

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID Short randomly generated id Not used 20 minutes
_ga Short randomly generated id Google Analytics: distinguishes between users 2 years
_gid Short randomly generated id Google Analytics: distinguishes between users 1 day
_gat Number Google Analytics: used to throttle request rate

1 minute

 Bit.ly URL shortener

Opt out and further details of bit.ly cookies

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
_bit A unique identifier is assigned to you and used to track your use of bit.ly or edin.ac short URLs. Information collected includes your IP address. Report detailing use, including country location, of short addresses. IP address of individuals is not queryable by The University of Edinburgh staff. 6 months