OpenAthens is a brand name of Eduserv which is a company limited by guarantee (registered in England & Wales, company number: 3763109) and a charity (charity number 1079456), whose registered office and principal place of business is 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB, UK. If you are a visitor to this website or an OpenAthens user, or if you represent an organisation that uses OpenAthens, we want to explain how we respect your privacy. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or about your personal information, then please call 0300 121 0043 or email email@example.com.
Our overall policy is to collect the minimum personal data that we need to provide you with the OpenAthens service and to keep you updated about it. We keep personal data for as short a period as possible and take good measures to protect it. We’re always happy for you to check the data we have about you and we’ll delete it if you want us to – unless this would mean we wouldn’t be able to provide your organisation with the OpenAthens service.
We only use your information in connection with the OpenAthens service.
Contact us for if you’d like details about any specific third party that we’re using.
1.What are cookies?
Cookies are widely used tiny pieces of software (files) that are installed on a computer or mobile device when an individual visits a website.
Windows Explorer, which is one of the main internet browsers, will usually store these files in a folder called ‘cookies’ in ‘documents and permissions’ on computers running Microsoft Windows.
Cookies allow websites to recognise that a user on an individual computer has previously visited the site. The cookies save some information about that user for when they access the site again in the future.
By using and browsing the OpenAthens website, you consent to cookies being used in accordance with our policy. If you do not consent, you must turn off cookies or refrain from using the site.
Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. To do this, look at the ‘help’ menu on your browser. Switching off cookies may restrict your use of the website and/or delay or affect the way in which it operates.
2. What types of cookies are there?
Broadly, there are 4 types of cookie:
Performance cookies. These cookies collect anonymous information about users for the purpose of assessing the performance of a website. Common uses include well-known web analytics tools such as ‘Google Analytics’.
Functionality cookies. These are cookies that automatically remember choices that users have previously made in order to improve their experience next time they visit a website. For example, where users select their preferred settings and layout.
Targeting or Advertising cookies. These cookies are similar to performance cookies, in that they collect information about users’ behaviour. However, this information is used at individual user level to advertise products and services to users on the basis of the behavioural information collected.
3. What cookies does the OpenAthens website use?
|Service||Cookie Name||Description||Expiration Time|
|Google Analytics gtag.js and analytics.js||_ga||Used to distinguish users.||2 years|
|_gid||Used to distinguish users.||24 hours|
|_gat||Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.||1 minute|
|AMP_TOKEN||Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.||30 seconds to 1 year|
|_gac_<property-id>||Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.||90 days|
|__utmt||Used to throttle request rate.||10 minutes|
|__utmc||Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmbcookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.||End of browser session|
|__utmv||Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.||2 years from set/update|
|Google Maps||NID, OGPC, APISID||These cookies are used by Google to store user preferences and information when viewing pages with Google maps on them.||From 1 month to 6 months|
|1P_JAR, CONSENT, APISD, HSID, S, SIDCC, NID, SID||Google uses these cookies, based on recent searches and interactions, to customise ads on Google websites.||From 1 month to 20 years|
|DV, UULE||These cookies are used by Google to collect information about how visitors use our site.||1 day|
|OTZ||A cookie used by Google Analytics that provides an aggregate analysis of Website visitors||1 week|
|PHP System||PHPSESSID||This cookie contains information that identifies the user and is destroyed when the session expires.||Session|
|Hotjar||hjClosedSurveyInvites||This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal pop-up. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.||1 Year|
|_hjDonePolls||This cookie is set once a visitor completes a Poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same Poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.||1 Year|
|_hjMinimizedPolls||This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.||1 Year|
|_hjDoneTestersWidgets||This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.||1 Year|
|_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets||This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.||1 Year|
|_hjDoneSurveys||This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn’t completed the survey yet.||1 Year|
|_hjIncludedInSample||This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate Heatmaps, Funnels, Recordings, etc.||1 Year|
|_hjShownFeedbackMessage||This cookie is set when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimized immediately if they navigate to another page where it is set to show.||1 Year|
|_ga, _gid, lang, kdt,
syndication_guest_id, dnt, guest_id,
personalization_id, twid, netpu, guest_id,
twitter_ads_id, co, auth_token
|These are Twitter cookies that are used on websites with Twitter feeds and / or Twitter sharing functionalities. For more information, please see https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-cookies||From session duration to 2 years|
LOGIN_INFO, APISID, CONSENT, HSID
SAPISID, SID, SSID, PREF, NID
|These cookies are set as a result ofembedded YouTube videos. They help register anonymous data on usage.
|From session duration to 20 years|
|Shareaholic||c_id, e, lrc_e, lrc_t,
|Cookies used to share content and connect with social networks.||From session to 2 years|
|DoubleClick||DSID, IDE, _drt_, id||These cookies are used for re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online adverts||From 2 days to 2 months|
|catAccCookies||This cookie enables you to accept our cookie statement.||30 days|
|WordPress||wp-settings-, wp-settings-time||Used to customize the view of admin interface/main site interface for logged in users.||2 weeks|
|wordpress_test_cookie||Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.||Session|
|wordpress_logged_in_||Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in WordPress.com user.||Session|
|wordpress_sec_||Essential WordPress session management cookies for logged in users.||Session|
|itsec-hb-login-*||Set by WP Security Plugin to change the backend login URL for additional security.||Session|
|AppNexus||anj, usersync||These cookies contain data denoting whether a cookie ID is synced with AppNexus partners. Read more information.||90 days|
|icu||The icu cookie is used to select ads and limit the number of times a user sees a particular ad.||90 days|
|uuid2||This cookie is used to help deliver ads to people who have previously visited our websites, purchased our products or used our apps and to recommend products and services based on that activity.||90 days|
|sess||It is used by the Platform to test whether a browser is configured to accept cookies from AppNexus.||Session|
|Eyeota.net||mako_uid, ONPLFTRH||Collects data on user visits to the website, such as what pages have been accessed. The registered data is used to categorise the user’s interest and demographic profiles in terms of resales for targeted marketing.||1 year and
|ml314.com||tp, u, pi||Unclassified||From Session to 1 year|
|owneriq.net||lc, bkc, adpq, bsc, nsc, pmc, apq, tapq, oath, cwc, lrc, tpq, rc gguuid, oxc, p2, si, roc, kc, rmuuid, cc||Collects anonymous information about products and services that people own, use or have shown interest in. That information is used to provide relevant advertising and content to in ads.||From session to 5 years|
|scorecardresearch.com||UID, UIDR||The UID cookie is associated with comScore; these are used to get 3rd party measurement of audience size.||2 years|
|Simpli.fi||uid||Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used for targeted ads||1 year|
|__cfduid||Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.||1 year|
|uid||Assigns a user ID that is connected to a registration of the user’s IP address, browser type, browser language, date and time for visiting the website and what search query that took the user to the page.||1 year|
|Cloudflare||__cfduid||The ‘__cfduid’ cookie is set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic. It does not correspond to any user id in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information. https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-CloudFlare-cfduid-cookie-do-||1 year|
This OpenAthens website contains links to other websites. Your visit to those other websites will be governed by their own published privacy policies.
We review our information security practices frequently, so this privacy notice will be updated periodically, therefore we suggest you check it from time to time. The version that appears here was published in February 2018.