We may collect information about your computer, including, where available, your IP address, operating system and browser type. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
All of our web servers record each page request, together with the time and date, and the Internet (IP) address of the user who requested the page.
In addition, we use Google Analytics which records the pages requested from particular IP addresses using a small piece of code in the site. Where the site restricts access to staff or students of particular organisations, we may also test your IP address to determine whether it falls into the ranges used by subscriber organisations for that service. Server logs allow us to view general trends, such as which areas of the site are popular, the most frequent paths that users follow, and so on. This helps us to improve the site for you in future.
For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve the site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us to:
- estimate audience size and usage patterns;
- store preferences information to allow for Website customising; and
- recognise members’ log in details for return visits to the site.