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Web server privacy policy

Privacy policy for the Computer Laboratory web server

As is the case with most web sites, our web servers and produce log files that record, for each HTTP request, the IP address from where our servers believe the request came from (which is often the address of an intermediate proxy server), the date and time, the HTTP request itself (command and URL), our server's result code, and the number of bytes transmitted. If a user has logged into one of our web services, we may also record that user's identity. Such logins may be verified via the University of Cambridge Raven authentication service. We may enable the recording of additional data from time to time as the need arises.

All data is available to the server's administrators and will be used primarily to monitor the server's performance, to optimize the content of our web site, and to detect malfunctions or malicious behaviour. Log files may also be made available to other members of the department or the University Information Services (UIS), for similar purposes and for use in research projects. We may keep our log files indefinitely. Our detailed log files are not normally available to anyone outside our department or the UIS, unless we are required to transfer such data by UK law. We may publish summary statistics generated from our web-server logs, which do not contain information related to individual users.

Our sites may store HTTP cookies in your web browser as part of user authentication (login) and to store information needed by other facilities.

Our sites may store HTTP cookies in your web browser as used by Google Analytics.

As is the case with most web sites, individual pages on our sites may contain links to images on other web sites. If your web browser is configured to fetch images automatically, similar data may be recorded by these other web servers as well, as the images are being loaded.

Individual pages on our web sites may contain forms for interacting with databases and other interactive services. Any data entered into such forms may be recorded by the respective server and, where personal data is collected, we ask the operator of such a service to provide a link to a privacy policy for this service.

The Department regularly uses names, research profiles and photographs of present and past students, staff, visitors and collaborators on publicly accessible webpages available on our websites and If you do not wish for some or all of your details to be included, please contact the Department using the following email address: [Javascript required], naming the members of staff with whom you have worked.