Balliol College Cookie Policy

This policy explains what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit the Balliol College website, and how this information will be used.

The Balliol website

This website runs on a content management system called Drupal. This system only collects information or cookies (which are little bits of information stored on your computer) which it needs it to function properly.

Information collected

On some parts of the website, you may be asked to provide some limited personal information in order to enable the provision of certain services (e.g. prospectus ordering, registering with a society, applying for a vacancy etc). The College may store this information manually or electronically. By supplying this information you are consenting to the College holding and using it for the purposes for which it was provided. Information provided will be kept for as long as is necessary to fulfil that purpose.

We may also collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our webmasters. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns which does not identify any individual and allows us to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

How the information is used

Personal information provided to the College by you will only be used for the purposes stated when the information is requested. Personal information will not be sold to third parties, or provided to direct marketing companies or other such organisations without your permission. Personal information collected and/or processed by the College is held in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Demographical and statistical information about user behaviour may be collected by Google Analytics and used to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of the College’s website. Any disclosure of this information will be in aggregate form and will not identify individual users.

Cookies on our website

The Balliol website and Drupal uses a number of cookies. Some of these are:

  • Session cookies (time-limited cookies used to give you a good browsing experience).  No personal data is stored or collected. Session cookies don’t have any identifiable information in them except to make your browsing experience work.
  • Google Analytics.  Google offers a service to site owners to get general information about usage of their site. Google Analytics cookies are used for user statistics logging. Find out more about the Google Analytics Privacy Policy on their website. You can request Google does not track you via the ‘Do Not Track’ option on your browser or by logging into Google and opting out.
  • Users’ login details.  For anyone logging into the system, an identifiable login cookie is stored. This is to give you the functionality of the site when logged in and does not contain personal information.

If you have any queries or concerns about privacy on this website, please contact us.

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