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COOKIES & PRIVACY POLICY

Our website uses cookies to monitor visitor usage data. This is done to improve your browsing experience. The information we obtain from the use of cookies is generalised and cannot be used to identify visitors on our site.
As is common practice, we also allow Third Party cookies on our website. The developers have ensured that all cookies are from trusted sources, such as Google Analytics. Please contact our Support Team or disable cookies on your browser if you have any concerns.
Visitors who do not wish to grant the cookies permission to monitor their activities on our website can decline access. Please be aware that disabling cookies may reduce functionality and hinder your use of certain features of the website. Please contact our support team if you require guidance on disabling cookies.
More information about the cookies we use on the site can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a minute text file that is created and stored in a folder on your browser. Cookies help the owners of the website understand the behaviour of visitors to their site, with a view to improving their browsing experience.
Cookies are harmless, and can be helpful when you need to continue browsing from where you stopped the last session. There are, however, ways to disable cookies if you prefer not to have them on your computer.
Many websites alert first-time visitors that cookies will be downloaded, and they offer an option to allow or disable the cookies before the user continues browsing the site.

Why are cookies important?

We strive to publish informative and helpful content on the website to engage all our visitors. We know the interests of visitors on the website by using the information generated by cookies. We can track information such as how long visitors spend on particular web pages and their particular interests on the site.
Cookies can also be used to generate vital information that will guide website developers to improve the site. The use of cookies helps web designers understand the interests of visitors on the site and detect areas that need to be improved. Cookies are also useful when you shop online. For example, items added to an online shopping cart are stored in the cookies, but if you do not complete the purchase, these items will be in your cart the next time you visit the online store.

How are cookies used on our website?

All visitors can create an account on our website or browse to find information about our College. When you log in, cookies are activated, and they are deleted when you log out. Cookies on pages where you make certain selections, such as preferences on different offers by our College, are saved on your computer as a reference for when you visit again.
We use cookies on our website to store information about the visitors that browse our pages. This information is used to understand the browsing patterns of our visitors and to improve the frequently used features. We study these patterns to know which pages on our website have the most traffic. We then work on the features in this area to ensure all our visitors have an excellent experience.
It is recommended that you allow cookies when visiting our site, since they are used to enhance your browsing experience. Your identity cannot be determined and the information generated from your browsing session is completely secure.
Cookies also enable you to log in easier without having to enter your login details every time whenever you use the same computer to open our website. The clearing of your cookies and login details can, however, erase this information from your computer.

You may also be shown different notifications when you visit the website based on your previous browsing pattern. These notifications will always be in line with your interests on the website. We often offer our visitors a chance to participate in online surveys and questionnaires to gather essential information that will be used to improve the experience of our students and parents. You can get a personalised survey experience with the use of cookies on our website.

Information submitted on our website by parents or students is also stored and can be easily recalled with the use of cookies. This feature can help all users access information very quickly when they log in to our website. Your preferences and interests are registered by the cookies on our site to give you a personalised experience when you browse our web pages.

Is it necessary for Google to monitor my computer with cookies?

Google Analytics cookies are used to generate information regarding the use of the website. This information may be shared with Third Parties. The goal, however, is mainly for the benefit of all visitors. You can find more information about Google Analytics cookies on their official web page.

The functions of Google Analytics cookies

The Google Analytics cookies embed text files that connect a computer and a website during which information from the site is stored on the computer to make it easy for the user to find vital data when they visit again. These cookies are interconnected with all the channels we use for communication with parents and students. We can create an integrated experience where communication is easily synchronised across all channels. This means the information you find on our website will be similar to the content in our emails and other channels we use for correspondence. In this way, we ensure that all our visitors and the general audience are updated with the latest information about our college activities by creating this platform for continuity.

Google Analytics Cookies cannot perform the following actions

Google Analytics cookies cannot identify the owner of a computer or mobile device when they visit the website. The only information accessible to cookies is about the computer itself.

How can I disable cookies?

Cookies can be disabled if the user deems it necessary. This action may, however, prevent you from using some of the website features which function only with cookies. We advise all visitors on our site to allow cookies and have a better browsing experience on our site.
Your web browser settings feature options that allow you to disable cookies. Also, if you permitted cookies the last time you visited a website, the stored cookies can be deleted from your web browser. Please visit www.aboutcookies.org.uk to know more about managing and deleting cookies on your browser.
The following is a list of popular browsers that offer you an option to allow or disable cookies. To know more about these processes on any of the browsers in the list below, please visit the official developer’s website of the browser you plan to use.

Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge

Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Apple Safari

You can also disable the functions of Google Analytics when you browse the internet. Please visit tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout to know how it works.

Types of Cookies
The following part of the document will list and explain the different types of cookies that exist on the Internet.

First Party Cookies
The First Party cookies are essential because they promote the functions of different features of the website. First party cookies are activated when you visit the website and they are functional while you browse the web pages on a site. First Party cookies monitor details such as the browsing mode on your browser when you visited the site (visible or incognito) and the tags that can be used to identify your browsing session.

Examples of First Party cookies

Name Purpose Expires
auth_user Tracks and logs data related to secure pages accessible only with a password. End of session
cms_user Monitors sessions started when a visitor logs into the CMS, without the need to retrieve pages from the cache End of session
highvis Detects and records users browsing with high visibility mode. End of session
PHPSESSID A unique identifier used by PHP when cookies are created at the start of a session. End of session
popup_seen_today Displays information to know if pop-up announcements are viewed or cancelled At midnight

 

Third Party Cookies
Third party cookies are created and controlled by affiliates of the website owners. Websites that use third party cookies often inform visitors and offer them an option to disable these cookies. Reassurance is, however, given that the data collected is safe and used only for the intended purposes stated in the cookie policy.

Google Analytics
Many websites depend on Google Analytics for information about the browsing pattern of visitors and traffic on the website. These reports are crucial to the improvement of the site. Google Analytics also reveals the duration of browsing sessions and the path followed by visitors who open the web pages, as well as sections of the site that visitors click, or documents they download.
Please note that this information will not contain any details that reveal the personal identity of the visitor such as name, email, or address.
The following is a representation of Google Analytics cookies and their functions;

Name Purpose Expires
_utm.gif collects and stores information about your computer and browser End of session
_utma identifies users and sessions 2 years
_utmb indicates the start of a new session 30 mins
_utmc records the duration of a session End of session
_utmv records browsing behaviour during a session End of session
_utmz Reveals how the visitor found the website 6 months
_utmt  Regulates request rate 10 minutes
_utmt_masterTracker Anonymously updates the number of visited pages during a session End of session
_ga Identifies different users 2 years
_gid Identifies different users 24 hours

Google has published information about its data privacy policy and how the analytics tools function. This information can be found on the Privacy Control section on Google’s official site. There is also information on how to disable Google Analytics on a browser.
There are other Third Party cookies you may encounter while browsing the internet. These plugins are integrated with browsers when the user visits websites that use these Third Party cookies.
Websites that permit the use of Third Party cookies have no control over their functions. This is why users are given an opportunity to either permit the use of Third Party cookies or disable them when they visit such websites.
We do allow the use of Third Party Cookies on the official website of Wadham College of Science. The developers of our website have only made provisions for the accommodation of First Party Cookies which are necessary to improve your experience when you browse our website.

Privacy Policy
We have a comprehensive privacy policy to enlighten you about the use of personal data collected from students and parents. All inquiries or questions about our privacy policy should be sent to the Officer in charge of Data Protection and Management at the Wadham College of Science.

Date Protection Statement
We assure you our commitment to process and use on the relevant personal information from parents and students for necessary administrative operations. The process in which this information is used is strictly in line with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Act, 2018.