The purposes of this policy is to inform users of these websites about what cookies are used when they visit these websites, how the cookies are used and the ways in which the cookies can be managed.
For details about what information is collected about you when you visit these websites, how this information is used, if it is disclosed and the way in which we protect user’s privacy, please refer to the privacy policies applicable to those individual websites. Any information submitted via these websites shall be subject to the terms of those individual privacy policies. You should be aware of these privacy policies and we encourage you to read the privacy policies on the websites you visit.
In common with many other website operators, we may use standard technology called 'cookies' on these websites. Cookies are small text files containing pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive or other access device when you visit our websites. Depending on the services you request, or that are being made available on websites, the information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing habits on websites, or a unique identification number so that the websites can "remember" you on your return visit. Cookies can be read by the websites on your subsequent visits. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the websites.
Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of websites.
The cookies on our websites are used to improve services for you through, for example:
recognising that you may already have given an e-mail address or username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested;
measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast;
analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with services provided on our websites so that we can make our website services better.
What cookies we use and why we use them
The cookies used on our websites fall into two categories:
a) On-site cookies: These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our websites. We may use on-site cookies that are necessary to deliver certain services to you – for example, to do things like save registration information, remember language selection and remember if you have voted in a poll. These cookies do not track your usage.
All pages use this cookie
This cookie stores a number which uniquely identifies your browser session. This is turn allows us to allow you to register, log in and undertake personalised learning, resulting a personalised certificate. The number is not linked to you and the cookie contains no personal information.
End of browsing session (when you click "log out" or quit your browser)
b) Third-party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools, which we are using to enhance our websites. For example, we use Google Analytics to track things like the number of people that our using our websites, where they are coming from and what content they are viewing. This information is collected for statistical purposes only, it does not identify any individual and IRB will provide only aggregated data from these analyses to third parties. This helps us to measure whether we could improve areas of our websites.
Further details of third party cookies are set out below. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the third party websites for more information about these:
How to manage cookies
Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change the preferences or settings on your web browser to control and manage cookies. The procedure for changing the preferences or settings depends on the web browser that you have chosen to use. If you wish to manage cookies yourself, or stop your computer or other device accepting cookies, go to the help section of your internet browser (for example Internet Explorer or Firefox) where you will find information on how to do this. In some cases, you can choose to accept cookies from our websites, but block them from third parties. In others, you can block cookies from specific advertisers, or clear out all cookies.
In addition to the procedures detailed above, we have below, suggested links to websites to provide you with further information and procedures to follow to manage cookies. If you want to remove all tracking cookies from all of the websites you visit, here are links to three programmes that allow you to do this: