This web site is designed to be used as a free, open-access resource available anywhere. It does not require registration or log-in for use of the majority of the site.
The exception to this is the Shibboleth-protected download section. For legal reasons and to prevent overloading the server this section of the web site is limited to staff and students of UK schools and universities. We do not maintain our own list of registered users for Shibboleth, and provide access to members of all educational institutions affiliated to the UK Access Management Federation.
All the data collected via cookies is anonymous. We do not collect any personal information with them and we cannot use them to find out who individual users are.
The cookie is stored on your computer by our server, but it is unique so it cannot be read by any other web site. We use 'session cookies' which track your movements during a visit to the site. They will remember your actions so you do not have to keep re-submitting information every time you move to a new page. They make the interaction between you and the web site quicker and smoother.
You can control cookies through your browser settings. For more information about cookies and managing them please visit the Directgov web site.
Usage statistics are collected via Google Analytics as detailed above and via log files. The log files help us track down problems when things go wrong and to record which datasets are being downloaded by which institutions. Log files do not contain any personal information and are not used to identify any individual identifiable patterns of use on the site.
Feedback in the form of user comments, criticism, requests and suggestions to the team are retained to help us identify possible errors in our content, and to understand what users like and have difficulties with and what they want from the site, now and in the future.
This information may also be anonymised for use as illustrative examples in impact and usability analysis reports and publicity materials.
We do not pass on any information obtained by this web site to any other site.
From time to time this policy may change, please check this page regularly for updates. This policy is effective from 1st July 2012.