A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on a computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to a web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like user preferences.
Most cookies encountered when browsing the University of Southampton web sites are considered 'third party' cookies. This simply means the web site has used a feature supplied by an external provider, such as Facebook or Google Maps which sets the cookie. Third party cookies are not inherently more or less risky than first party cookies. The only thing to bear in mind is that the external provider, not the University of Southampton, determines what type of information is stored and how it is used.
The most common type of cookie used on our web site is set by Google Analytics, which provides anonymous statistical data to us to show usage trends and to aid in making decisions about what types of content are most popular.
Specific information about the cookies on University of Southampton web sites are contained in our cookie register. In addition, some of our websites may carry cookies specific to that service. Information about these will be contained on the individual website.
Most web pages contain a Google Analytics tracking code to record anonymous information about the date and time of a visit, the type of browser used, approximate geographic location and the URL of any page that led to University of Southampton's web site. That information is aggregated and used by University of Southampton to identify usage trends on our site and to make decisions about which content or presentation styles are most effective.
Find information about opting out of browsing behaviour being shared with Google Analytics by visiting at tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Some University of Southampton sites contain a simple button/icon linked to their corresponding Facebook page, which does not set a cookie. However, other sites use Facebook features (such as the ‘Like’ button) which do store information which is retrieved and used by Facebook, such as IP address, approximate location, browser type, the URL visited, whether logged into Facebook, and Facebook user ID. See www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info#inforeceived for more details.
Facebook uses this information for a number of its own features and services, as well as measuring the effectiveness of advertising. For full details see www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info#howweuse.
You can restrict or block web browser cookies set on your device through editing your browser settings; the browser Help function gives full instructions. Alternatively, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.