Contents of this article
- Cookies and EU regulations
- The Data Protection Act
- Access to your information and contacting us
- External links
Cookies and EU regulations
Cookies are small text files used by a website to 'request' information from your website or mobile device browser, return the information to the website and then store the information. Cookies can be requested by any website and are placed on your device’s hard drive. Cookies allow the web application to tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Cookies that are set by British History Online
|Cookie type||Cookie name||Purpose|
has_js, SESS<hash-id>, DRUPAL_UID
|Login management||ip_login_as_different_user||This cookie stores a flag indicating you have logged out of BHO, and prevents auto-re-login (if you are eligible via an Institutional subscription for IP address or Shibboleth sessions).|
|EU Cookie message||cookie-agreed||This cookie stores your preference to hide the cookie information message.|
|Google Analytics||_ga, _gat||These cookies are set by the Google Ananlytics Universal Analytics script, which we use for site usage metrics. We also use Google Custom Dimensions and Metrics to track types of user accounts and institutional account usage (for COUNTER stats reporting purposes). You can block this using the Do Not Track settings in your browser.|
|Shibboleth||_shibsession_<hash-id>||If you access BHO Premium content via the UK Access Management Federation, shibboleth session cookies are used.|
Cookies that are set by third parties
During your visit you may notice some cookies that are not related to the British History Online domain name. This happens when you visit a page with embedded content from a third party (for example live Twitter widgets, YouTube videos or web advertisements). These third party websites might place cookies on your computer when you visit this site. If you are worried about this we encourage you to check the third party websites' privacy policies for more information about their cookies. We have endeavoured to provide links to these policies where possible.
|Cookie type||Cookie name||Purpose|
|We use Google Adsense advertising to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information about your visits to this and other websites in order to optimise the provision of advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. BHO subscribers do not see advertisements.|
The Data Protection Act
Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. Subject to the terms of the Act, we shall not pass on your details to any third party or government department unless you give us permission to do so.
The Information we collect
We collect three kinds of information from visitors to this site: registration information, site usage data and feedback (through the Contact Us form).
You do not have to register to use British History Online. Registration, however, does help us develop a clearer understanding of our users' preferences. The registration information we collect is:
- email address
In addition, you may also choose to leave some extra information about yourself, including:
- first name
- last name
- email preferences
This information is stored such that you do not need to re-register when you come back to the site. This information is regularly backed up to avoid loss of data. We do not pass this information on to any third party.
Site usage data: Log files and Google Analytics
Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. We analyse log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make changes to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information and they are not used to identify any personally identifiable patterns of use of the site. We used Google Analytics to additionally record site usage patterns. See Cookies and EU regulations for more info.
Access to your information and contacting us
You can change your registration information at any time. To do this, you should sign in and edit your account.
We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site.
Policy last updated:
- 2014-12-05 – Policy text copied from BHO version 4.x and updated for BHO version 5.x
- 2015-08-17 – Added EU Cookie pop-up message and 'cookie-agreed' cookie information to the table.