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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (‘BBSRC’) (we or us) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy (together with our terms of use and any other documents referred to in it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.  Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1UH.

Information we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site www.foodsecurity.ac.uk (our site). This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to any services we may offer, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our site.
  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
    We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
  • Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, and the resources that you access.

Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies, and JavaScript code. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you, for example, by:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using our services, so they can be made easier to use and there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the Directgov article, 'Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them'.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you visit our site.

For more information on deleting and controlling cookies visit AboutCookies.org.

Similarly you can set up your browser to disable JavaScript – please see your browser's help pages for instructions on how to do this.

First-party cookies

None.

Third-party cookies

We use a number of suppliers who may set cookies on their websites' on its behalf.

Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that we provide a fast service that is available when you want it. You may wish to visit Google's Privacy Center.

Name Typical content Expires
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when user exits browser
_utmz randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Cookies for sharing our pages

We use AddThis on many of our pages to enable you to socially bookmark content from the site. The selection of buttons displayed is tailored to each visitor's past use of social media sites to enable you to quickly post a link to a page on our site from the services you use most frequently.

Name Typical content Expires
di and bt randomly generated string of letters and numbers 2 years
dt x 1 month
loc randomly generated string of letters and numbers 3 months
psc number 2 years
uid randomly generated string of letters and numbers 2 years
uvc two numbers 2 years
uit single number end of session
ssc name of last used social media service 2 years

Cookies for commenting on our blog

Wordpress sets cookies so that you don't have to fill in your name and email address every time you want to comment on our blog, and so you can see your comments that are awaiting moderation. Our Wordpress spam filter also sets cookies to ensure spam comments from automated bots are caught before they appear on the blog.

Name Typical content Expires
wordpress_test_cookie WP+Cookie+check when user exits browser
wordpress_logged_in_[random letters and numbers] username entered + string of letters and numbers <2 weeks
randomly generated letters randomly generated letters when user exits browser
SJECT letters when user exits browser

Cookies for social media

We have a Twitter account (@FoodSecurityUK). Twitter uses cookie technology. For more information, please see the Twitter Privacy Policy.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit AboutCookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser or your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

Where we store your personal data

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Uses made of the information

We use information held about you in the following ways:

  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer
  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so
  • To notify you about changes to our site

Disclosure of your information

We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of BBSRC, or others.

Your rights

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data.  You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at web@foodsecurity.ac.uk.

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks and affiliates.  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 websites.

Access to information

The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.

Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to web@foodsecurity.ac.uk.