Use of Cookies by LSME

USE OF COOKIES BY LSME

Cookies are placed on our website computers to identify it to our server. Cookies do not identify individual users, only the computer used. It also helps the site provide a better user experience and retain user preferences. They are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently, as well as to provide certain information to the owners of the site and other information such as anonymised tracking data to third party application like Google Analytics.

You may delete or block all cookies from our website. Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set up on our site and how to manage and delete them from your computer, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Cookie Policy

The UK government has updated the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations in response to the EU Privacy Directive. In light of this the Information Commissioner’s Office has provided guidance on the EU Cookie Law which came into effect in May 2012.

Information on the cookies LSME uses is provided below, along with options for deleting and/or disabling cookies on your computer.

What are cookies and how long are they stored for?

Cookies are small text files that the websites you visit place on your computer to store information about your visit. Cookies are ‘passive’ in that they contain information your browser can retrieve, but do not contain programmes, viruses or malicious software. Cookies normally expire after a certain length of time, although that time can be anywhere from a few minutes to more than a year.

Cookies can be divided into two categories: ‘session’ and ‘persistent’. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted when you close your browser or after a period of inactivity. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until the expiration date/time set by the cookie creator.

What do cookies do?

Cookies can contain many types of information about your visit to a particular web site, but most commonly are used to store the preferences you’ve selected, such as language, shopping cart contents, privacy settings and login state. Cookies do not contain personal or private data about you, but can compile information about your browsing habits. For the most part, cookies enhance your browsing experience by keeping you from having to select the same options each time you visit a site. However, cookies can also be used by websites to serve you advertising material targeted to your particular interests based on the preferences you’ve selected or the content of the pages you have visited. For this reason, some web users choose to delete or reject cookies of certain types or from certain sites.

Can I delete cookies?

Yes, you can both view the cookies stored on your computer and delete some or all of them. However, each browser has a slightly different procedure for doing so. Instructions for deleting cookies in some popular browsers are available on the link provided below:

https://www.pcworld.com/article/242939/how_to_delete_cookies.html

Note that in some cases, deleting cookies will impact your experience in revisiting a site. For example, you may be forced to log in again, or items added to your shopping cart will have disappeared, although you are still able to use the website. You will be prompted to accept or reject cookies every time you enter the website.

Can I set my browser to block cookies?

Yes, most browsers allow you to specify which types of cookies you will accept or to reject all cookies. As each browser is different, here are some of the most common ones:
•    Firefox
•    Internet Explorer
•    Chrome

As above, you may see an alert message when visiting some sites that recommends you accept cookies for an optimal browsing experience.

Which cookies does LSME use?

Most cookies you will encounter when browsing the LSME website are considered ‘third party’ cookies. This simply means the LSME website has used a feature supplied by an external provider, such as Facebook or Google Analystics which sets the cookie. Third party cookies are not inherently more or less risky than first party cookies. The only thing to bear in mind is that the external provider, not LSME, determines what type of information is stored and how it is used.

The most common type of cookie used on LSME’s web site is set by Google Analytics, which provides anonymous statistical data to us to show usage trends and to aid in making decisions about what types of content are most popular.

Are cookies transferred to other websites?

No, when a user returns to a website associated with a particular web server, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again.

Are there any exceptions to the request for approval?

Some cookies may be ‘strictly necessary’ for a service requested by the user and are exempted from this requirement. However, we will ask you for your permission for all the cookies that we use on our site.

If you require any further clarification about cookies on the LSME website, please email info@lsme.ac.uk.

 
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