This policy explains what information we gather when you visit the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies web site, and explains how that information is used.
It is important for you to appreciate that the web site provides extensive links to other independent sites, both within the University and elsewhere. This policy applies only to direct accesses to the site (URLs starting http://www.cis.cam.ac.uk/). You will need to consult the appropriate information on other sites for information on their policies.
In common with most web sites, this site automatically logs certain information about every request made of it (see below for more details). This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely.
Relevant subsets of this data may be passed to computer security teams as part of investigations of computer misuse involving this site or other computing equipment in the University. Data may also on occasion be passed to the administrators of other computer systems to enable investigation of problems accessing this site or of system misconfigurations. Otherwise the logged information is not passed to any third party except if required by law. Summary statistics are extracted from this data and some of these may be made publicly available, but those that are do not include information from which individuals could be identified.
You should appreciate that a log is a record of what a server sees, not necessarily what was initially sent. If a request is sent via a proxy the log file will show the proxy’s address. If someone has forged your address the log file will show your address.
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using services so they can be made easier to use
- analysing anonymous data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make it better
Learn how to remove cookies set on your device
Third party cookies
We use a number of suppliers who may also set cookies on their websites’ on its behalf. The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies website does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.
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Purpose: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
The following data is automatically logged for each request:
The name or network address of the computer making the request. Note that under some (but not all) circumstances it may be possible to infer from this the identity of the person making the request. Note also that the data recorded may be that of a web proxy rather than that of the originating client.
The date and time of connection
The HTTP request, which contains the identification of the document requested
The status code of the request (success or failure etc.)
The number of data bytes sent in response
The contents of the HTTP Referrer header supplied by the browser
The content of the HTTP User-Agent header supplied by the browser
Logging of additional data may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes.
Access to personal data
For the purpose of the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the ‘Data Controller’ for the processing of data collected by this site is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, and the point of contact for subject access requests is.
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies,
University of Cambridge,
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies,
Cambridge, CB3 9DA.
Phone: 01223 335103