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Privacy and Cookies statement

This privacy policy only covers the Website of The Royal College of Surgeons of England at www.rcseng.ac.uk. Links within this site to websites of other organisations are not covered by this policy

Use of cookies

College website

The College website uses cookies to identify users who have logged into the website. This enables the site to recognise what level of access is allowed for each section, and what content should be displayed

Name Purpose

_ac

Stores an authentication token, used to recognise a user has logged into the website

Third party cookies

The College makes use of the Google Analytics service to record anonymous information about visitors to the website. This information is used to gauge the effectiveness of the content, layout and navigation.

Name Purpose

Cookies beginning with _utm

Identifying anonymous information about a website visitor by Google Analytics. This includes the pages visited and information about the web browser. Also see the Google Privacy Policy

Summary of terms

Browser

Used to locate and display Web pages via a software application. The most popular ones are Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Cookie

Message given to a web browser by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser in a text file called cookie.txt. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back. A cookie's main objective is to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, email address and interests.

IP (Internet Protocol)

All networks connected to the Internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.

IP address

If you are connected to the Internet your computer will have an IP address. For example, it may look something like this 198.184.98.9

Web Server

A computer that hosts a website and delivers (serves up) web pages to your personal computer.