Privacy and Cookies
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, 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
several times during one task
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to
do it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and
there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
We have tried to cover all cookies in this list that we or our service providers use. Please be aware
that there may be a delay in updating this list. If you do notice any discrepancies please be sure to
contact us and let us know.
Removing and disabling cookiesIf you do not wish to accept cookies on to your machine you can disable them by adjusting the settings on your browser. However this will affect the functionality of the websites you visit.
Cookies to improve service
Blackboard uses a technical ‘session’ cookie set by our website to share the number of visitors we get on our site between web servers. This is so the site does not get overloaded and can perform at its optimum potential.
|Typical content:||randomly generated string|
|Expires:||when user exits browser|
Cookies set to ensure authentication
|PHPSESSID||randomly generated string||staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|JSESSIONID||randomly generated string||staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|CGISESSID||randomly generated string||libcat.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|ASP.NET_SessionId||randomly generated string||medialibrary.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|ksessionid||randomly generated string||www.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|session_id||randomly generated string||blackboard.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|authentication||randomly generated string||jobs.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
Accessing your email
|OwaLbe||randomly generated string||crwncas1.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|sessionid||randomly generated string||crwncas1.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|UserContext||randomly generated string||crwncas1.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|cadata||randomly generated string||crwncas1.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
Cookies set by Google Analytics
We utilise Google Analytics to help us accurately record the number of visitors and volumes of usage of our web site. This analysis allows us to ensure that the service and content is available and relevant when you want it.
|_utma||randomly generated number||tracks the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit||staffs.ac.uk||2 years|
|_utmb||randomly generated number||track how long a particular visit takes||staffs.ac.uk||30 minutes|
|_utmc||randomly generated number||track how long a particular visit takes||staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|
|_utmz||randomly generated number|| tracks which site or search engine the visitor came from, the link clicked or
keyword used, and the visitor's geographic location
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google website.
Cookies set by third party services
Throughout the site we utilise the services of external service providers to enhance the visitor's experience. They set cookies to enhance their service or to track usage or to validate users. These cookies are only set when the page that uses that service is visited.
|lastLogon||String containing the username/email address of the person signed in||jobs.staffs.ac.uk||12 hours|
|userRoles||randomly generated string||jobs.staffs.ac.uk||when user exits browser|