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ePubs Privacy Policy and Use of Cookies

Privacy Policy

The ePubs service is provided in accordance with STFC’s Privacy Policy, which may be consulted here.

When you login to ePubs, your login and session details are recorded. These details are only available to ePubs staff, and will not be passed on to any other persons.

We use your session information to:

  • allocate your permission levels in ePubs
  • contact you for help with queries about your ePubs entries
  • contact you for feedback on your use and experience of ePubs
  • prepare anonymised usage statistics about the use of ePubs.

Cookie Policy

In order to make ePubs easy and reliable to use we sometimes place small amounts of information on your device. 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:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don`t have to give the same information during one task or over a given time period;
  • recognising that you have already given a username and password so you don`t need to enter it for every web page requested;
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue session cookies when you visit our site.

For more information on cookies, and how to delete and control them visit AboutCookies.org or AllAboutCookies.org.

The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by ePubs.

Cookie Name Purpose
ePub Session Cookie JSESSIONID

This cookie is a 'session identifier' which allows the site to recognise you.

This cookie is essential to the functionality of ePubs. Restricting this cookie will lead to unexpected behaviour of the site.

This cookie expires after 60 minutes without activity, when you logout or when you close your browser.

JSF Flash Scope Session Cookie csfcfc

This is a session cookie to hold notification messages when you have performed some action on ePubs such as saving a record.

The notification messages in the cookie is shown once and discarded on the next http request.

This cookie expires when you close your browser.

ePub Cookie Check cb-enable

This cookie is used to tell us that you consent to cookies being uses and do not wish to see the cookie message again.

This cookie expires 12 months after you elected not to see the cookie message.

Google Analytics
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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site.

  • __utma: Expires 2 years after your last visit to this site
  • __utmb: Expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity
  • __utmc: Expires when you close your browser
  • __utmt: Expires 10 minutes after your visit to this site
  • __utmz: Expires 6 months after your last visit to this site

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the AboutCookies.org website, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may have an impact upon the functionality of ePubs.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.