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Privacy and cookies

The School of Political and Social Science (SSPS) is committed to protecting your privacy and keeping you informed of how your information is used. This page details how and where our activities differ from the University Privacy Policy and how you can contact us in this regard.

Use of cookies by the School of Social and Political Science

A cookie is a text file written by the browser to your computer's hard disk. They are used by websites for purposes such as authentication, content personalisation and usage tracking.

The SSPS site uses some cookies in addition to those details in the University Privacy Policy:

Strictly necessary cookies

Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the SSPS website delivers you information and services securely and optimally. You must accept these cookies to be able to make use of our online systems.

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored When does it expire? Description
EASE login cosign-eucsCosign-www.sps.ed.ac.uk A unique identifier that represents the browser and/or user account. Deleted when you sign out of EASE or close the browser. Only affects staff, students and other designated users. This session cookie is set when you log in to one of our EASE-protected websites (e.g. staff and student intranets). Removed when you close the browser. Visit the EASE site for more information about EASE and how EASE uses cookies.
Squiz Matrix session SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION A unique identifier that represents the browser When you close the browser Only affects staff, students and other designated users who are logged into the site via the content management system (CMS). It allows users to remain logged in. It tells the CMS where to find the session file which stores your user ID. If you are not logged in, the session will store nothing except that you are not logged in.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited to help improve our performance in provision of information and services.

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored When does it expire? Description
Kaltura video player social media _mkto_trk, UUID, ucid Identifiers that represent your browser. These cookies are deleted two years (_mkto_trk) and ten years (UUID and ucid) after creation. You can delete them at any time by clearing your cookies. These are used by Kaltura's partner Gigya to assertain on how you share videos on social media sites such as Facebook. Is not set if you only watch a video (i.e. without sharing it).
Kaltura 'Unique Viewer' cookie PHPSESSID, uv Unique dentifiers that represents your browser. A year after creation. You can delete it at any time by clearing your cookies. Allows us to see if there are returning visitors to our video players.
Google Analytics __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz Our use of Google Analytics is as described in the University Privacy Policy.
Google Maps SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF Our use of Google Maps is as described in the University Privacy Policy.

Functionality cookies

These are cookies that are not essential, but enhance your use of our website. They remember choices you make to enhance your experience of our site.

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored When does it expire? Description
Squiz Matrix session cookies lastSelectedLinkId and lastSelectedAssetId Unique IDs identifying assets within the CMS When you close the browser. Only affects staff, students and other designated users who are logged into the site via the content management system (CMS).

Third party cookies

Some University pages use third party services or software, such as maps, online videos or social networking features. Many of these services may set cookies in your browser in accordance with their own privacy policies, although many can be blocked by you without impact on your experience. The University of Edinburgh has no control over these cookies.

The SSPS site does not use any cookies of this type in addition to those described in the University Privacy Policy, with the exception of:

Cookie Cookie name(s) Detailed information
Vimeo (video) Service cookies Various. A full list is available. The Vimeo Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy give an up-to-date description of cookie usage.

If you have any queries about cookies or privacy on the SSPS site, please email SSPS Support.

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