2. What type of information we collect about you
We will collect the following personal information:
- Your IP address
- Login details
- Pages you looked at
- Duration of your visit
- Details about your web browser
- Details about the files requested
- Date and time of requests for each file requested
- The referring page, if any, from which you may have followed a hyperlink
- Search terms and search results
- Your unique ID which is given to each visitor, and the expiration date of the ID
- The domain from which your request originated
Specialist applications, including the MyEssex portals and e-learning tools, such as Moodle, Perception and OCS gather user data specific to their intended purpose. Data gathered by these applications includes user identifiers, tracking information, user contributions (e.g. on discussion forums, submitted essay content and assessment answers).
3. Why we use your data – and our legal basis for doing so
The purpose for collecting and processing data is to maintain and monitor the performance of our website, and to look to improve the services we offer you.
We use this information to bring you the best content and experience on our website. If you do not provide us with the required personal data, we will try to provide you with the best service, but you may not be able to access all the functionality of the website.
Data relating to web server requests are used for completion of the current activity (e.g. a request to view a web page), and are subsequently stored in log files, which are later processed to provide statistical information about, for example, usage, load on servers, traffic patterns, troubleshooting, and incident investigation.
These data are also recorded by Google Analytics which is used by the University to report on web traffic on its sites. Analysis of web usage may be used for: systems and performance monitoring; research; marketing (e.g. analysis of demographic information and user behaviour). Information gathered by specialist applications such as e-learning tools and portals will be used to support the function and management of those applications. Information gathered will not be used to contact users, except where consent has been explicitly given or where security incidents are under investigation.
4. Legal basis for processing your data
|Purpose ||Legal Basis|
|Optional cookies ||Consent|
|In order to maintain the integrity of our IT systems and the continuity of our business. ||Legitimate interests. We need to process your personal data for our legitimate interest of maintaining security of our systems and services and improving the services we offer.|
5. Where the data we hold comes from
It is standard practice for web servers to collect data automatically about all requests for files (web pages, images, etc).