Privacy policy

This privacy policy covers the British Oceanographic Data Centre’s web site including the European sea level 'delayed-mode' data portal ( Links within our site to external web sites are not covered by this policy.

The British Oceanographic Data Centre is committed to protecting your privacy online. We will treat any personal information that you provide to us, or that we obtain from you, in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act of 1998. Any information obtained via this web site will be held by us. We will not provide it to third parties without your permission unless we are required, by law, to do so.

Should you require further information or if you have any queries concerning our privacy policy please contact our Enquiries Officer.

What information do we collect?

This policy covers the following four data groups

  1. Browser environment information
  2. HTTP protocol elements
  3. Inventory searches and data downloads
  4. Personal information

The data practices for each group are explained separately below. Our web site also makes use of cookies.

1. Browser environment information

The following data are collected

  • URI of requested resource
  • Request timestamp
  • Client's IP address or hostname
  • Other access log fields
  • User's interaction with a page or resource
  • User agent information
  • HTTP cookies
  • Search terms

This information is used for system administration of the web server, site customisation and producing information from log analysis to drive future developments of the site.

2. HTTP protocol elements

The following data are collected

  • HTTP request method
  • Data bytes in response
  • Response status code
  • Search terms

This information is used for form responses, site customisations per browser and site navigation.

3. Inventory searches and data downloads

The following data are collected

  • Transaction history
  • User's interaction with a page or resource
  • Miscellaneous non-base data schema information
  • State management mechanisms
  • Current location data
  • Interactive data
  • Navigation and click-stream data

This information is used to service inventory searches and online data downloads and to log requests to our back office systems.

4. Personal information

The following data are collected from registered BODC web users

  • Physical contact information
  • Online contact information
  • Unique identifiers

This information is used to provide you with access to our inventories and data download areas, to keep you informed of changes to the site and the data held in it and to help us with future developments.

What use do we make of personal information?

We do not sell, trade or rent your information to other parties. Your personal information will be used only for the purposes of communicating with you in relation to our products and services, or for system administration of the web server.

How do we protect your personal information?

We take all reasonable precautions to protect personal information from loss, misuse or alteration. Only authorised BODC employees will have access to your personal information. You will be responsible for, and must take all due care to protect, any user ID or password that we have provided or may, in the future, provide for your use on our web site.

How can you amend your personal information, or ask us to remove it?

If you wish to amend or remove your personal information please contact our Enquiries Officer who will be happy to assist.


Cookies are a technology which can be used to provide you with tailored information from a web site. A cookie is an element of data that a web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your system. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it or not. Our site makes use of cookies for the following purposes

  • Site administration
  • Completing the user's current activity
  • User targeting
  • Research and development

This website currently uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses “cookies” which help us to analyse how our visitors are using the site.