Cookie Policy for the University Offices Web Site (


This policy explains the cookies that may be set as a result of your visiting the University Offices' web site - URLs starting You will need to consult the appropriate information on other sites for information on their policies.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but within your web browser you can choose to accept or decline cookies for any web site. You can usually modify your browser settings to decline all cookies if you prefer, or accept or decline on a case-by-case basis. The Information Commissioner's Office Advice for Members of the Public tells you how to control cookies. Bear in mind that disabling cookies may prevent you from taking full advantage of websites.


The cookies used on this site are there to:

  1. authenticate you for accessing restricted content (your Raven authentication)
  2. measure how you use the website (using Google Analytics) so we can improve it.
  3. allow leaving comments
  4. improve user experience - YouTube embeded videos.
  5. allow social bookmarking - AddThis sociall bookmarking.

Google Analytics

This site runs Google Analytics, which uses four cookies for tracking visitors to the site.

  • These cookies store information about what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page.
  • No data specific to any identifiable user is retained, and we do not share our data with any other Google services.
  • With the values gained from these cookies Google Analytics can interpret journeys through our website content, give us information about how people use our site and so present an opportunity to improve it.
  • Due to shortcomings in Google Analytics the cookies for are returned to any web site in We believe that the Google Analytics code on these other sites will ignore these extra cookies.
  • Google Analytics information about privacy and cookies may be found at and
  • As a user you may opt out of the process Google Analytics uses to collect traffic log data (should your web browser be compatible). Google provides a browser add-on that enables a user to opt out of receiving Google Analytics cookies -

Raven Authentication

This site uses the University's Raven authentication service if it needs to identify you to give you access to restricted content. This may lead to two cookies being set:

  1. One is set by and only returned to this server. It manages your authentication to this site. If you reject this cookie you will not be able to access restricted content on this site.
  2. The other is set by and returned to the server at This is used to implement Raven's 'single sign-on' function and allows Raven to identify you to other web sites without you having to re-enter your Raven password. Further information about this cookie, including how to disable it, can be found in the Raven Privacy and cookie policy at


Cookie name Used by Description More information
Google Analytics We use Google Analytics to see how people use our website. This helps us improve it. The data we have is anonymised. Persistent for 2 years
Persistent for 30 minutes
Current browsing session
Persistent for 6 months
Ucam-WLS-Session Authentication Duration: current browsing session
Ucam-WebAuth-Session Authentication Duration:Current browsing session
X-Mapping-xxxxxx 32-character string. Used to send the same user's request to the same server where possible for the duration of their session. Duration: current browsing session
__utmz mc
Disqus commenting system We use the Disqus commenting system on our pages to let you leave comments, and engage in discussions around the subjects on our site. The cookies set by Disqus enable login functionality. Disqus Privacy Policy
Picasaweb _rtok Picasa photo slideshows Google uses cookies to track usage of photo galleries embedded from Picasa. Google’s Privacy Policy
Flickr photo slideshows Yahoo uses cookies to track usage of photo galleries embedded from Flickr and to find out where you are based to serve up photos from the most geographically local server. Yahoo’s Privacy Policy

Addthis social bookmarking

_atuvc The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users. Persistent for 2 years

Links to other websites

This website contains links to and from third-party sites. This policy only covers use of cookies on this site. You should consult privacy and cookie policies on third-party sites before you submit and personal data. The University of Cambridge is not responsible for any cookies that may be set by third party websites that are linked to from pages on

Access to personal data

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 (The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN, tel. 01223 332320, fax 01223 332332 E-mail:

The University is also Data Controller in respect of any personal data served as content by this site.

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