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Privacy statement

Summary

STFC may collect personal information from you via this website, for example, if you register with us for services, in order to receive news and announcements, or when applying for jobs, 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. We will not make your personal details available outside our organisation without your consent, unless obliged by law.

This website will automatically track certain information about you in the course of you using this website, such as your IP address and browser identification. This information is used only for system administration and for providing statistics to evaluate use of this site. We do not use cookies for collecting personal information from this site. (A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer`s hard drive.)

Questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be addressed in writing to:

The Data Protection Officer
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Polaris House
Swindon, UK
SN2 1SZ

Cookies

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.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue "session cookies" cookies when you visit our site.

For more information on cookies, and how to delete and control them visit AboutCookies.org (link opens in a new window) or AllAboutCookies.org (link opens in a new window).

Our use of cookies

The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by the Science and Technology Research Council and the third-party services we use.

Cookies for managing your current visit

These are cookies set by the STFC 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.

stfc_whoami
  • Purpose: This cookie is a 'session identifier', which allows the site to recognise you. It is only set when you have logged on to the site, and removed when you log out.
  • Benefit: To remember who you are and allow you to access communities of which you are a member.
  • Data stored by cookie: Encrypted information about who you are;  the cookie itself contains no personal information.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires when you close your browser or log out.
stfc_mobVersion
  • Purpose: If present, indicates that you have chosen to view the mobile version of the site.
  • Benefit: To give you the choice to view a mobile version of the site rather then the "standard" browser version.
  • Data stored by cookie: Nothing.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires when you close your browser.
stfc_stdVersion
  • Purpose: If present, indicates that you have chosen to view the "standard" browser version of the site.
  • Benefit: To give you the choice to view a "standard" browser version of the site rather then the mobile version.
  • Data stored by cookie: Nothing.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires when you close your browser.
ASP.NET_SessionId
  • Purpose: This cookie is a 'session identifier', which allows the site to recognise your movement around the site as being from one computer.
  • Benefit: To remember the selections or preferences you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service.
  • Data stored by cookie: Information about the session; the cookie itself contains no personal information.
  • Duration of cookie: Expires when you close your browser.
stfcCookieCheck
  • 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 (link opens in a new window) 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.
SiteImprove cookie: nmstat
  • Purpose: To help record the visitor’s use of a website.
  • Benefit: To collect statistics about site usage such as when the visitor last visited the site. This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website.
  • Data stored by cookies: contains a randomly generated ID used to recognize the browser when a visitor reads a page. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for Web analytics.
  • Duration of cookies: 1000 days after the last visit

 

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.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. Google's privacy policy (link opens in a new window).
  • 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 (link opens in a new window) videos embedded in BIS web pages.
  • Benefit: When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. YouTube is owned by Google: Google's privacy policy (link opens in a new window).
  • 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

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

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 (link opens in a new window) 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.

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