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Our Cookie Policy

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Here's a list of the main cookies we use, and what we use them for:

Cookie name Cookie purpose
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MathJax (mjx) cookies The JavaScript library we use to display mathematical equations uses cookies to store your preferences, such as format, zoom and render settings.

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Other cookies you may encounter within this site are:

Cookie name What their cookies are used for
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Privacy Policy

In common with most web sites, this site automatically logs information about every request made of it. This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely, but is likely to be purged automatically after a period of time.

Relevant subsets of these data may be passed to computer security teams as part of investigations of computer misuse involving this site or other computing equipment in the University. Data may also on occasion be passed to the administrators of other computer systems to enable investigation of problems accessing this site or of system misconfigurations. Otherwise the logged information is not passed to any third party except if required by law. Summary statistics may be extracted from these data and some of these may be made publicly available, but those that are do not include information from which individuals could be identified.

The data collected are merely a subset of the data freely supplied by those connecting to this site. This site does not attempt to gather data in an active fashion.

For the purpose of the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the 'Data Controller' for the processing of data collected by this site is the University of Cambridge, and the point of contact for subject access requests is the University Data Protection Officer (10 Peas Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PN).

View the University of Cambridge Privacy Policies for Services.