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Privacy and Cookies Policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your 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. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what is in your shopping basket.

Durham University does not use cookies to collect personal information about you.

Durham University Website use of cookies

Some links on Durham Open Access Repositories may open pages on the University website. The privacy policy for these pages is available at:

Use of cookies by different services

We use strictly-necessary cookies such as session and functional cookies. We also use performance-related cookies which help us monitor user behaviour in general, allowing us to improve our service according to user needs. All these cookies collect anonymous information on the page visited which cannot be tracked to individual users. The following tables describe in detail what cookies we use:

Service nameService addressType of cookies used
Durham Research Online Analytic cookies, Google Custom Search, Google Webmaster Tools
Durham E-Theses Analytic cookies, Google Webmaster Tools, Session cookies
XTF Session cookie, Analytic cookies
Mirador Accessed from Special Collections: a variety of digitised content under the address Analytic cookie
Library catalogue Library catalogue, Analytic cookies
Single Sign On Session cookie, Shibboleth
e-resources access via Library Catalogue Session cookie, EZProxy

Detailed cookie information:

Cookies typeNameWhat data storedWhen expiredDescription
Session cookies JSESSIONID, eprints_session A random hex number or alpha-numeric string end of session Session cookies allow user 'choices' to be remembered from page to page.
Library Catalogue SESSION_SCOPE, III_SESSION_ID, III_EXPT_FILE A random hex number end of session Access patron record or search catalogue
Shibboleth _idp_authn_lc_key, _idp_session A random hex number end of session This cookie is stored to allow Shibboleth authentication to some e-resources and other web applications via UK federation authentication.
EZProxy ezproxy A random hex number end of session Allow access to e-resources off campus via proxy server.
Analytic cookies __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz See Google Analytic GA cookies for more details various: from end of session up to 2 years Performance cookies. See Google Analytic GA cookies
Google Webmaster Tools various A random alpha numeric string various Performance cookies. See Google Privacy Policy which covers use of Google Webmaster Tools