What are cookies?
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We do use some third-party widgets on the site, such as Google Analytics, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. These widgets may set cookies and we are working towards identifying what each of them set. However, the cookie information from each of these sites is usually anonymous, unless you are logged in to those third-party systems while you are on our site.
Information about how cookies can be controlled within the various browsers:
- Cookies in Internet Explorer (IE 7 & 8 - Windows Vista and XP)
- Cookies in Internet Explorer (IE 9 - Windows 7)
- Cookies in Firefox
- Cookies in Google Chrome
- Cookies in Opera
- Cookies in Safari
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What cookies do we use?
University of Sussex
There may be a number of cookies set via our website, depending on what part of our system you log in to. All of the following are considered essential cookies for the operation of the website and services you log in to (such as the WCM and Study Direct):
|PHPSESSID||session||Used by PHP to store the session ID (e.g. for Sussex Direct login)|
|UUcm||session||Facilitate logging in to and using the WCM|
|BroadcastUS||session||Facilitate logging in to and using Broadcast|
|SPLASH||session||Facilitate logging in to and using SPLASH|
|PastExamPaperSearchSID||session||Provides access to the Past Exam Papers search facility|
|StudentdirectorySID||session||Provides access to the Student Directory lookup|
|MOODLEID_studydirect||session||To facilitate logging in to and using Study Direct|
|MoodleSessionTeststudydirect||session||To facilitate logging in to and using Study Direct|
|MoodleSessionstudydirect||session||To facilitate logging in to and using Study Direct|
Areas of the website that require you to authenticate via LDAP may set cookies with randomly generated names, such as:
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.
Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
|__utmz||182 days||Stores where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)|
|__utma||730 days||Stores each user's amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit (presumably partly for double checking of this information).|
|__utmb||less than a day||Used to check approximately how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends|
|__utmc||session based||Same as __utmb|
|__utmv||730 days||Used for user-custom variables in Analytics|
Further information about Google products and cookies:
Parts of this website use Twitter feeds, a micro-blogging platform by Twitter, Inc.
Twitter widgets may add third-party cookies - those not set directly by our site - to help analyis usage and remember your session if you are also logged in to the Twitter service. To that end, Twitter widgets may set all of the cookies that Google Analytics set (above) and also:
|_twitter_sess||session||Remember your logged in Twitter session|
Parts of this website contain embedded videos from YouTube. Where possible, we've set this to use YouTube's 'nocookie' domain so that it will not store any cookies. However, due to the different editors for the various sections of the overall University of Sussex website it's not always possible to guarantee that cookies will not be set.
The code provided by Flickr to include various images and galleries may by default set cookies.