Privacy and cookies
This covers the British Oceanographic Data Centre’s web site (https://www.bodc.ac.uk/). Links within our site to external web sites are not covered by this information. To find out more follow these links
- Standard information collected
- BODC web user accounts
- What are cookies?
- Essential cookies
- Performance cookies
- Preference (or functionality) cookies
- How to control cookies
Standard information collected
Within these processes we do not capture and store any personal information that can be used to identify an individual.
|Standard internet logs||Server logs||To enable us to trouble shoot problems||The information collected includes the URL of requested resource; the timestamp of access; the client's IP address or hostname; their user agent (browser and version) information; search terms; other access fields for example, request success/failure codes, file size, compression.|
|User sessions||Essential cookies||To enable us to let you move around our website and use essential features like secure areas, shopping baskets and online data delivery||Further details are provided under the essential cookies section below.|
|Anonymous details of visitor behaviour patterns||Performance cookies||To enable us to target development activities to improve the speed of our services and enhance your experience||Further details are provided under the performance cookies section below.|
|Anonymous details of user preferences||Preference (or functionality) cookies||To enable us to maintain your web site preferences||Further details are provided under the preference (or functionality) cookies section below.|
BODC web user accounts
|Web user account||Online registration and licence agreement||To enable us to manage user accounts and provide access to secure areas; to notify users of changes to the site and the data held in it.||The information collected includes contact details — email, organisation and country; encrypted password; contact preference; project affiliations (where appropriate); user roles — examples include academic user or has already agreed a data licence.|
What use do we make of personal information?
We do not sell, trade, rent or give your information to other parties. Your contact information may be used by us, if you have agreed (on registration) that we can do so, to communicate with you in relation to our data, products and services.
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?
If you wish to amend your personal information please contact our Enquiries Officer who will be happy to assist.
What are cookies?
When web sites provide services, they want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, 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 several times during one task
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure a responsive service
More information on and how to manage cookies is provided in the Directgov article 'Browser cookies - what are they and how to manage them'.
Our cookies cannot be used to collect personally identifiable information about you. Please be aware that restricting cookies would impact on the services we provide.
These first-party cookies let you move around our web site and use essential features such as secure areas, data baskets and online data delivery. These cookies do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
|JESSIONID||User logout or browser exit||These are used to identify whether a user is logged into their account; to remember your selections and what has been entered into forms as you navigate to different pages in a single browser session; to allow (or restrict) access to secure areas as appropriate for user credentials; to maintain anonymous user basket data selections when you go to the checkout page; to allow you to return to collect data at your convenience|
|sessID||User logout or browser exit|
|sessionid||User logout or browser exit|
Google Analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. They consist of a randomly generated number. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, for example the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. We use this information to target development activities to help us improve the site and to compile reports.
Preference (or functionality) cookies
These cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.
|css||User logout or browser exit||These are used to show you that you've logged into our web site; to indicate that you have added items to your basket; to maintain your preferences on text size; to allow you to share pages with social network sites|
How to control cookies
If you wish you can control which cookies which are set by web sites through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to allow, block, delete and manage cookies on a variety of browsers.
Within your browser you can also view the cookie code, simply click on a cookie to open it. You will see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are the identification card, and can only be seen by the server that set the cookie.
For information on how to manage cookies on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to the handset manual.