Department of Political Science


Cookies on SPP website

31 May 2012

The UK government has updated the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations in response to the EU Privacy Directive. In light of this the Information Commissioner's Office has provided guidance on the EU Cookie Law which came into effect in May 2012.

UCL is currently in the process of auditing the use of cookies across its sites. Information on the types of cookies UCL uses is listed below, along with options for deleting and/or disabling cookies on your computer.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that the web sites you visit place on your computer to store information about your visit. Cookies are 'passive' in that they contain information your browser can retrieve, but do not contain programmes, viruses or malicious software. Cookies normally expire after a certain length of time, although that time can be anywhere from a few minutes to more than a year.

Cookies can be divided into two categories: 'session' and 'persistent'. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted when you close your browser or after a period of inactivity. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until the expiration date/time set by the cookie creator. Read more »

This link also appears on the lower section on the right-hand sidebar on every page.

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