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This policy explains what information we gather when you visit this web site, and explains how that information is used.

It is important for you to appreciate that this web site provides extensive links to other independent sites, both within the University and elsewhere. This policy applies only to direct accesses to this web site - URLs starting You will need to consult the appropriate information on other sites for information on their policies.

Any changes to this privacy policy will be posted on this page.

Data Collected

In common with most web sites, this site automatically logs certain information about every request made of it (see below for more details). This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely.

Relevant subsets of this data may be passed to computer security teams as part of investigations of computer misuse involving this site or other computing equipment in the University. Data may also on occasion be passed to the administrators of other computer systems to enable investigation of problems accessing this site or of system misconfigurations. Otherwise the logged information is not passed to any third party except if required by law. Summary statistics are extracted from this data and some of these may be made publicly available, but those that are do not include information from which individuals could be identified.

[You should appreciate that a log is a record of what a server sees, not necessarily what was initially sent. If a request is sent via a proxy the log file will show the proxy's address. If someone has forged your address the log file will show your address]

This site does not currently use cookies for any purpose.

Logged Data

The following data is automatically logged for each request:

  • The name or network address of the computer making the request. Note that under some (but not all) circumstances it may be possible to infer from this the identity of the person making the request. Note also that the data recorded may be that of a web proxy rather than that of the originating client
  • The date and time of connection
  • The HTTP request, which contains the identification of the document requested
  • The status code of the request (success or failure etc.)
  • The number of data bytes sent in response
  • The contents of the HTTP Referrer header supplied by the browser
  • The content of the HTTP User-Agent header supplied by the browser

Logging of additional data may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes.

Use of Cookies

The Faculty of Philosophy website makes use of cookies (see below) in order to enhance your visit to our web site. If you do not agree to this site setting cookies on your computer then please exit the site and remove any cookies that may already have been set: How to delete cookies.

Raven Authentication

Raven login access makes use of cookies in order to provide user authentication to a number of University of Cambridge IT systems (see Raven privacy and cookie policy).

Google Analytics

We make use of Google Analytics to track usage patterns. In order to do this, Google requires the storing of cookies. For further information please see the Google privacy policy.

Job Applications System

The Philosophy Job Opportunities online application system uses cookies to store a user's login state and data relating to their login session. This is a first party critical cookie.

Other Third Party Sites

In various parts of our website we utilise the services of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other external companies to enrich the user experience. These companies may choose to store cookies as part of their service, and have their own privacy polices which can be found on their respective websites.