Privacy and Cookies
CEDA may collect personal information from you via this website, for example, if you register with us for data and services, in order to receive news and announcements, and your information may be stored manually or electronically.
Any personal information you give to us will always be processed in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. We will only use the personal information you provide to deliver the services you have requested, or for our lawful, disclosed purposes. In some cases this will involve sharing your details with others outside CEDA's host organisation, STFC, for example to gain third-party approval for your access to particular data and services. We will not make your personal details available outside our organisation without your consent, unless obliged by law.
The Data Protection Officer
Science and Technology Facilities Council
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. 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 during one task,
- recognising that you have already given a username and password so you don`t need to enter it for every web page requested,
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast.
The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis and the third-party services we use.
Cookies for managing your current visit
These are cookies set by the CEDA website (known as 'first-party' cookies). They are used to remember the selections or preferences that you’ve made when looking at the information on this site.
- Purpose: This cookie tells us that you have read our cookie usage message and have chosen not to see it again.
- Benefit: You will not see the cookie usage message, having elected not to do so.
- Data stored by cookie: Nothing; the presence of the cookie is sufficient for its purpose. The cookie itself contains no personal information.
- Duration of cookie: Expires 12 months after you elected not to see the cookie message.
Cookies for measuring website usage
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.
Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the website is available when you want it and to help us understand what you want to use.
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website
Google Analytics cookies: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz
- Purpose: To record how many people are using the STFC website and how they move around the site once they've arrived:
- _utma tracks how many times (if any) you have visited the STFC website before.
- _utmb and _utmc are connected, and track how long you stay on the site.
- _utmz tracks identifies where you've come from e.g. from a search engine or from another website.
- Benefit: So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors.
- Data stored by cookies: No personal information about you, just information about your computer and your browser.
- Duration of cookies:
- _utma: Expires 2 years after your last visit to this site.
- _utmb: Expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity.
- _utmc: Expires when you close your browser.
- _utmz: Expires 6 months after it was last set.
Cookies set by other websites through this site
We want to provide interesting and engaging content on our website. On a number of pages we use Google maps and we embed YouTube videos in some pages.
The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as 'third-party' cookies.
Google Maps: NID
- Purpose: Enables traffic analysis to Google Maps.
- Data stored by the cookie: A unique identifier; data only used in aggregate.
- Duration of cookie: Expires after 183 days.
YouTube cookie: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
- Purpose: To track visitor views of YouTube videos embedded in BIS web pages.
- Data stored by cookie: Unique identifier, no personal information (data is only used in aggregate).
- Duration of cookie: Expires after 241 days.
How to control and delete cookies
However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit the About Cookies website, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may have an impact upon the functionality of our website.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.
For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.