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Privacy and cookies

A cookie is a small piece of information in the form of a text file, sent by a web server and stored on the computer of a visitor to a website. It can then be read back later by the web server when required. The use of cookies is a convenient way of allowing a computer to remember specific information relating to a website. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

How we use Cookies

The Fitzwilliam website uses cookies in three ways;

  1. For authentication to restricted pages
  2. To collect detailed website usage data
  3. To store a unique identifier that can be used to retrieve information from a data store

The table below explains the cookies we use on our public website and why.

Cookie

Name

Purpose

More information

Google Analytics

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_utmb
_utmc
_utmz

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including your geographic location, the method you used to reach this site, the length of your visit, the time of your visit, the pages that you visit and anything you search for while on the site. Most of these cookies persist between browser sessions.

First party

PHP session

PHPSESSID

This cookie stores a unique user id which can then be used to retrieve information stored on a database or submitted in a form. This cookie is deleted when a user closes their browser.

First party

Webconnect session

WC_SESS

This cookie stores a unique user id which can then be used to retrieve information stored on a database or submitted in a form. This cookie is deleted when a user closes their browser.

First party

Raven Authentication

Ucam-WebAuth-Session

This cookie allows for Raven authentication to restricted pages. This cookie expires when you close your browser. First party
Raven

Ucam-WLS-Session

This cookie is used in the Raven authentication dialogue. It expires when you close your browser. Third party

Rejecting Cookies

You can choose not to accept cookies and still use the Fitzwilliam website, but some functionality will be lost. The documentation for your web browser will provide you with instructions on how to disable cookies.