Jorum and Cookies

What are cookies and what are they used for?

Cookies are small text files that are stored by your web browser. They are primarily used to remember if users have visited the website before, and to improve the way that sites work.

For example, cookies can be used to:

  • personalise content by recording search and display choices such as layouts
  • provide social network facilities
  • record usage information to help us understand users and ensure we are providing the right support

There are different types of cookies, first party and third party cookies and session and persistent cookies.

First party and third party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website you’re visiting. They send data only to the servers for that domain, and the data cannot be altered or retrieved by any other website. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website, this is a third party cookie. Examples of third party cookies are those set by social networks.

Session and persistent cookies

Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session or they can be stored for longer. Session cookies are not stored long-term; they are set when you visit a website, and expire as soon as the browser is closed.

Persistent cookies are stored on your device in between browser sessions and allow preferences to be remembered. They are used for a variety of reasons including recording your preferred search results display.


To find out more about cookies, visit AboutCookies.org or All About Cookies.


How is Jorum using Cookies?

The Jorum website issues cookies which track visits to our site, and help us to provide a smoother user experience for our visitors. These cookies issue each visitor with a randomly generated number which expires when the visitor closes their browser. These types of cookies are known as "session cookies". There is no personal data stored in any of our session cookies, other websites cannot access these cookies, and all session cookies are deleted when the visitor closes their browser.


Social Sharing

We use buttons to enable sharing of pages with social networking sites. These buttons may place a third party cookie on your device, which could gather usage information. Find out more about these cookies here:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=176591669064814


Third party services

We use some third party services to deliver Jorum. These services may place cookies on your device to gather, for example, usage information and session preferences. Find out more here:

YouTube: http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/privacy/


Here are some other examples:

Provider
Name (as of 26 May 2012)
Typical Content
Expires
Jorum.ac.uk
CAKEPHP
Randomly generated number
When I quit my browser
Dspace.jorum.ac.uk
_shibsession
Randomly generated number
When I quit my browser
Wayf.ukfederation.org.uk
_saml_idp
Randomly generated number
When I quit my browser


Cookies for Measuring Website Usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to analyse how our visitors use this website, in order to improve your experience on the site.

Google Analytics uses only first-party cookies, which are available only to Jorum and don’t reveal any personally identifiable information.

Provider
Name (as of 26 May 2012)
Typical Content
Expires
Google
_utma
Randomly generated number
2 years
Google
_utmb
Randomly generated number
30 minutes
Google
_utmc
Randomly generated number
When you close your browser
Google
_utmx
Randomly generated number
2 years
Google
_utmxx
Randomly generated number
2 years
Google
_utmz
Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)
6 months

More information about Google Analytics cookies is available here:https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies)


Managing and deleting cookies
We use cookies to improve the way our website works, and we don’t gather any personally identifiable information. Blocking or deleting the cookies will impact on the way that the site works and you could lose some functionality, however you can control and manage cookies if you wish. You can visit AboutCookies.org for more information about how to control cookies on the major web browsers.

Privacy And Cookies