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Privacy Policy for this WWW site

In common with most web sites, this site automatically logs information about every request made of it. This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely, but is likely to be purged automatically after a period of time.

Relevant subsets of these 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 may be extracted from these data and some of these may be made publicly available, but those that are do not include information from which individuals could be identified.

The data collected are merely a subset of the data freely supplied by those connecting to this site. This site does not attempt to gather data in an active fashion.


Some parts of this web site use the University's Raven authentication service. Raven uses a number of HTTP cookies, details of which can be found in the Raven privacy and cookie policy.

Other parts of this web site which set cookies:

  • BSS Publications Database
  • BSS Wiki

BSS members who are authorised to log into these services will have extra cookies set when they log in. These cookies allow the user to edit content and save preferences in the services. They are deleted at the end of the browser session.

For the purpose of the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the 'Data Controller' for the processing of data collected by this site is the University of Cambridge, and the point of contact for subject access requests is the University Data Protection Officer (10 Peas Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PN).