Privacy policy and cookies

Privacy policy and cookies

Protecting your personal information

Privacy policy for the University of Cambridge alumni and development websites and all their subdomains (‘our/the site’) at alumni.cam.ac.uk, philanthropy.cam.ac.uk and my.homerton.cam.ac.uk.

This privacy policy supplements the University of Cambridge websites privacy policy.

How we protect your information and credit card transactions

We use technical and organisational security measures to keep your information secure. This site uses specialist third party services to process your payments securely. We use industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates to encrypt your information when it is passed to these providers. Shortly after a purchase or refund is processed, you will receive a confirmation via email. You are advised to print out and save a copy of the order confirmation for verification necessary to request refunds or resolve any disputes.

Cookies and web storage

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. These are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Cookies also allow websites to respond to you as an individual.

This site uses cookies to recognise you and allow you to automatically log in without re-entering your username and password each time you visit. The cookies are encrypted and do not save any Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Information about you. If you do not enable cookies, you can still use the site but you will be required to enter your password each time you visit. If you enable cookies you can block or remove them at any time using the settings in your browser. If you block cookies, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of our website.

The table below explains the first party cookies features that our site may use depending on active services and actions by website visitors.

NAME

PURPOSE

DURATION

ssess*

Session ID, required by the website to track your session.

Until end of session

has_js

Records whether or not your browser has JavaScript enabled.

Until end of session

X-Mapping-* Used by our website's load balancer Until end of session

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org

Google Analytics

This site runs Google Analytics, which uses four cookies for tracking visitors to the site.

  • These cookies store information about what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page.
  • No data specific to any identifiable user is retained, and we do not share our data with any other Google services.
  • With the values gained from these cookies Google Analytics can interpret journeys through our website content, give us information about how people use our site and so allow us to improve it.
  • Due to shortcomings in Google Analytics the cookies for www.cam.ac.uk are returned to any web site in .cam.ac.uk. We believe that the Google Analytics code on these other sites will ignore these extra cookies.
  • Google Analytics information about privacy and cookies may be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/tos.html and https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.
  • As a user you may opt out of the process Google Analytics uses to collect traffic log data (should your web browser be compatible). Google provides a browser add-on that enables a user to opt out of receiving Google Analytics cookies - http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Name DURATION
_ga Persistent for 2 years
_gat Persistent for 10 minutes
_gat_camTracker Persistent for 10 minutes
_gid Persistent for 1 day

Crazy Egg

This site also uses the Crazy Egg service to record the location of individual clicks on the website. This information is used to identify the most heavily clicked areas of the website, but also where users expect to be able to click. Using this information we have already been able to make a number of usability improvements to our site, and we will continue to do so in the future. Click data is recorded anonymously. Crazy Egg also provides us with other insightful information which we use in the same way. In order to record this information the Crazy Egg service set the following cookies:

Name DURATION
_ceg.s Persistent for 3 months
_ceg.u Persistent for 3 months

If you would like to opt-out of Crazy Egg tracking, please see their easy-to-follow opt-out instructions.

Third party cookies and embedded services

Issuu

We use the Issuu document reader to provide an interactive experience for reading some documents on our website. When you visit a page containing one of these readers the following cookies will be set on your computer:

NAME Domain PURPOSE Duration
IDE doubleclick.net Related to advertising from Google's doubleclick service Approximately 1 year
__gads issuu.com Related to the Issuu service Approximately 2 years
__qca issuu.com Related to the Issuu service Approximately 1 year
iutk issuu.com Related to the Issuu service Approximately 10 years

Please see Issuu's privacy policy for more information.

Soundcloud

We will occasionally embed audio in the website, using the Soundcloud service, to provide a more engaging user experience. On pages with a Soundcloud media embed, the following cookies will be set:

NAME Domain PURPOSE Duration
UID scorecardresearch.com Stores a unique identifier related to analytics for Soundcloud Approximately 2 years
UIDR scorecardresearch.com Stores a unique identifier related to analytics for Soundcloud Approximately 2 years
__utma w.soundcloud.com Related to Google Analytics for Soundcloud Approximately 2 years
__utmb w.soundcloud.com Related to Google Analytics for Soundcloud Approximately 30 minutes
__utmc w.soundcloud.com Related to Google Analytics for Soundcloud End of session
__utmt w.soundcloud.com Related to Google Analytics for Soundcloud Approximately 5 minutes
__utmz w.soundcloud.com Related to Google Analytics for Soundcloud Approximately 6 months
sc_anonymous_id soundcloud.com Related to the Soundcloud service Approximately 10 years

The Soundcloud service also utilizes web storage to store additional information.

Please refer to Soundcloud's cookie information page for more information.

Twitter

This site may occasionally use Twitter feeds. You can find out information about Twitter’s privacy policy here: https://twitter.com/privacy

YouTube

We will occasionally embed YouTube videos in the website to provide a more engaging user experience. Where possible we will use a 'privacy enhanced' embed which will not set any cookies until the media is played. When the media is played, web storage is used to set certain information about your visit. Please refer to Google’s Privacy Policy for more information.

Web storage

Alongside cookies, our website and the services we use may utilise 'web storage'. Web storage is more secure and performant than using cookies to store pieces of information.