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Launch.ed Cookie Policy


COOKIE POLICY


LAUNCH.ed is part of Edinburgh Innovations Ltd (“EI”, “us” or “we”) and we are committed to preserving your privacy. Please read the following cookie policy to understand how we use and protect the information obtained from those visiting and using our website [www.launch.ed.ac.uk] and any related websites (“EI’s websites”). 

For more information on our privacy policy, please read our Privacy Notice.

When you use the Launch.ed website our web server automatically sends your computer small pieces of code (or ‘cookies’). This collects information, where available, about your IP address, operating system and browser type, as well as data about users’ browsing actions and patterns. It is used to inform improvements to the website, for system administration, and to report aggregate information to third parties.


TYPES OF COOKIES


Some of the cookies we use are essential to the performance of the website, while others are not. We want to be open in the way we use cookies, and to help you make informed choices about the information you provide to us and third parties when you visit our website.

“A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.” From the Information Commissioner’s Office guidance on use of cookies


WHY AND HOW WE USE COOKIES


There are broadly four reasons why a cookie might be stored in your browser when visiting the Launch.ed website:

  • Cookies that make the site work properly for you and enable you to make use of secure online services we provide.
  • Cookies that collect data about your use of the website, which is then anonymised and used to help us improve our online services.
  • Cookies that remember your preferences and make the site easier for you to use.
  • Cookies that are placed by third party services we make use of to enhance the information we present online. We have no control over these cookies.These cookies are placed on your machine either by Launch.ed or by the third parties whose services we use as part of the website. Some cookies are retained in your browser for as long as you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

 


STRICTLY NECESSARY COOKIES


Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the Launch.ed website delivers you information and services securely and optimally. You must accept these cookies to be able to make use of our online systems. You can view a list of essential cookies we use and what they’re for at the foot of this page.


FUNCTIONALITY COOKIES


Some cookies enable websites to remember choices their users make, for example, user name, language or text size. These cookies are known as “functionality cookies” and help to improve a user’s experience of a website by providing a more personalised service. You can view a list of functionality cookies we use and what they’re for at the foot of this page.


PERFORMANCE COOKIES 


We use a number of tools that monitor visitor behaviour on our website to help us improve our information and services. The tool we use most consistently is Google Analytics. Anonymous data about your visit is collected and amalgamated with that of other visitors to produce a set of Google Analytics reports.

These reports enable us to gain a better understanding how everyone uses our website and provides insight on what we can do to improve the website visitor’s experience.

You can opt out of providing us with this information if you wish, with no impact on your experience of our website. You can view a list of cookies monitoring website use and what they’re for at the foot of this page.

 


THIRD PARTY COOKIES


Some Launch.ed pages utilise third party code or software to deliver interactive services, such as maps, online videos or social networking features. Many of these services may set cookies in your browser. You can block or remove these cookies yourself by altering the settings of your browser. Blocking these cookies is unlikely to impact on your experience of our website.

You can view a list of third party cookies we use and what they’re for at the foot of this page.

 


OPT OUT OPTIONS, GOOGLE ANALYTICS OPT OUT


 

To provide website visitors more choice on how their data is collected, Google Analytics have developed the ‘Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on’. This plug-in communicates with the Google Analytics’ JavaScript on the website to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.

You can opt out of providing us with this information if you wish, with no impact on your experience of our website.


BLOCKING COOKIES


 

  • You can restrict or block cookies which are set during your use of the website by changing your browser’s settings. Some pages may not work if you completely disable cookies, but many third party cookies can be safely blocked.Check information in your browser’s help section for specific instructions on how to manage cookies. Alternatively, websites such as All About Cookies provide comprehensive guidance.
  • Guide to managing cookies

List of cookies


Strictly necessary cookies

Session ID

Cookie name(s)

JSESSIONID, PHPSESSIONID, ASPSESSIONID, etc

Data stored

A random unique number or string of letters and numbers.

When does it expire?

The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.

Description

A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.

Wikipedia page about Session IDs


Third party cookies


Google Analytics


Cookie name(s)

__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz

Data stored

A random unique number or string of letters and numbers to identify your browser, the times and dates that you interacted with the site recently and the marketing materials or referring pages that led you to the site.

When does it expire?

The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.

Description

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyse how frequently the same people revisit the University website, how the website is found (from advertising or referring websites), and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.

Google’s privacy policy


Google Calendar


Cookie name(s)

__utmz, __utma, __utmb, N_T, PP_TOS_ACK, SNID, GAPS, NID, PREF, S

Data stored

Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level.

When does it expire

All the cookies are immediately deleted or expire within 4 months, except for PREF and GAPS, which last for 2 years.

Description

Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Calendar. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Calendar users, as well as information about which calendar you are viewing, and which tab you are currently on.


Google Maps


Cookie name(s)

SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF

Data stored

Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level.

When does it expire?

Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.

Description

Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users.

Google’s Privacy Policy


Youtube


 

Cookie name(s)

SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Data stored

Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account.

When does it expire?

Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Youtube video, although some expire sooner.

Description

Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Youtube video. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Youtube users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google account if you are signed in to one. Information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Google, in which case it is linked to your Google account.

Google’s Privacy Policy

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