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Privacy policy

Connected Histories searches mutiple external websites and offers links to content on those sites. Please note that this privacy policy applies only to Connected Histories. When you move to an external site you are advised to read the privacy statement that applies to it. We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site.

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Cookies and EU regulations

Cookies are small text files used by a website to 'request' information from your website or mobile device browser, return the information to the website and then store the information. Cookies can be requested by any website and are placed on your device’s hard drive. Cookies allow the web application to tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

You can control cookies through your browser settings. Find out more about cookies and how to manage them on the Directgov.

Cookies that are set by Connected Histories

  • ASP.NET_SessionId
    Stores a unique identifier for your session which is accessed by other pages if necessary to help our website function correctly. It is not persisted on your hard disk after your session ends.

Cookies that are set by third parties

During your visit you may notice some cookies that are not related to the Connected Histories domain name. This happens when you visit a page with embedded content from a third party (for example live Twitter widgets, Vimeo or YouTube videos) or that uses buttons to allow sharing and linking to social networking sites (e.g. Google+ links). These 3rd party websites might place cookies on your computer when you visit this site. If you are worried about this we encourage you to check the third party websites' privacy policies for more information about their cookies. We have endeavoured to provide links to these policies where possible.

  • Facebook: datr, lsd, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref
    These are used to collect and display information about Facebook usage.
  • Google Analytics: nid, pref, _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmv, _utmz.
    These help us to analyse how visitors use our site, including the number, length and referral source of visits.
  • Google Plus One: nid, pref
    These are used to collect and display information about Google+ usage.
  • Doubleclick: __gads
    We allow third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information about your visits to this and other websites in order to optimise the provision of advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
  • Twitter: k, guest_id, auth_token_session, secure_session, twll, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz
    These are used to collect and display information about Twitter usage.

You can find out more about cookies, including a list of browser extensions which will automatically control and monitor them, on the Institute of Historical Research's privacy policy.

The Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use encryption software to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. Subject to the terms of the Act, we shall not pass on your details to any third party or government department unless you give us permission to do so.

The information we collect

We collect three kinds of information from visitors to this site: registration information, feedback (through messages sent to the site) and site usage information, from cookies and log files.

Registration information

You do not have to register to use Connected Histories. Registration, however, gives access to extra functionality: registered users have a personal workspace in which results and searches can be saved, and connections can be made and edited. The registration information we collect is:

  • username
  • password
  • email address
  • affiliation (optional)

This information is stored such that you do not need to re-register when you come back to the site. This information is regularly backed up to avoid loss of data. We do not pass this information on to any third party.

Feedback information

You can contact us by completing our feedback form (please ensure that your feedback refers to Connected Histories, not to the resources to which it links).

Site usage log files

Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. We analyse log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make changes to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information and they are not used to identify any individual patterns of use of the site.

Access to your information and contacting us

You can change your registration information at any time. To do this, you should sign in and then click 'Update your personal details'.

If you wish to see our records of any correspondence you have sent to us, or if you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site, you can contact us by completing our feedback form.

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.