Policy for visitors to this site
This policy covers the information we collect about you, our security agreement and your rights. It applies to the all the sub-sites that are part of the ‘engage’ blogs (www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk)
Information we collect:
We may collect information where available about your IP address, operating system and browser type. This is data about users’ browsing actions and patterns. It is used to inform improvements to the website, for system administration, and to report aggregate information to third parties.
The tool we use most consistently is Google Analytics. Anonymous data about your visit is collected and amalgamated with that of other visitors so we can better understand how people use our website.
Cookies may also be collected by Third Party websites where we have embedded content from their website on our own.
Your email address is stored on a site if you have opted in to receive newsletters or updates from any of the blogs on this site. You can manage your subscriptions and delete your data using links in the newsletters.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
No information collected on this website is used for marketing purposes.
Third party websites
The website may contain links to and from the websites of third parties. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.
Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these third party websites.
We employ security measures to protect your information from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is never completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal or other data transmitted to our website. Any transmission is at your own risk.
Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorised access.
You have the right to ask for a copy of the information held by us in our records.
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
How to make an information request
If any information held by us is incorrect, you have the right to ask for this to be corrected and updated. Please help us keep our records updated by informing us of any changes to your email address and other contact details.
You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your personal data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer:
We may amend this policy from time to time. If we make any substantial changes we will notify you by posting a prominent notice on the website.
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Policy for associations or individuals uploading information to the website
The information you have provided may be used to correspond with you.
It may also be held offline by the University for up to 3 calendar years if the website is archived or taken offline.
You can opt out and request the removal of this data at any time.
To request removal of your data from the website and our records, please email the Data Protection Officer: