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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
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:
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These help us to analyse how visitors use our site, including the number, length and referral source of visits.
- Google Plus One:
These are used to collect and display information about Google+ usage.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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'.