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About the Maths Faculty

Privacy Policy for the Faculty of Mathematics Website

This policy describes what information is gathered when external users visit the Faculty of Mathematics' website, and how that information is used.

Who will process my personal information?

The information published here applies to the use of your personal information (also known as ‘personal data’) by the University of Cambridge through the viewing or use of its Faculty of Mathematics website ( or other websites run by the Faculty (such as, The information published here is limited to the use of personal information by websites run by the Faculty of Mathematics; various other notices are published in relation to our use of the personal information of applicants, students, staff, alumni, research participants and others.

Personal Information Collected

When you visit we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. For information about how Google Analytics uses your personal information, please see and

In common with most websites, we also record certain information about every request. This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely.

Relevant subsets of this 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 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 are extracted from this 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 use of your personal information in the above ways is necessary for the legitimate interests of the University in operating and improving its websites, analysing their use, and ensuring their security. Our websites collect very little personal information and we use it in ways that are compatible with your individual rights and freedoms. Where you enter your personal information into an online form on any of our websites for any specified purpose, you will be told about the use we will make of that information (e.g. to send you newsletters or to enable your attendance at an event).

Logged data

The following standard data is automatically logged for each request:

  • The name or network address of the computer making the request.
  • The date and time of connection
  • The HTTP request, which contains the identification of the document requested
  • The status code of the request (success or failure etc.)
  • The number of data bytes sent in response
  • The contents of the HTTP Referrer header supplied by the browser - that is, the URL you are selecting the link from
  • The content of the HTTP User-Agent header supplied by the browser - that is, the webbrowser used

Access to personal data

Further information For more information about how we handle your personal information, and your rights under data protection legislation, please see


Cookies are small files which sit on your computer and record specific interactions between you and this website, and in some cases, other websites. This information is sometimes shared with the University of Cambridge, and in other cases, third parties. Below is more detail about the cookies we use, what they record and who the information is shared with. You are of course free to disable cookies.

Raven authentication

Members of the Faculty of Mathematics or the wider University may be required to authenticate in order to access some content on this website, where it is inappropriate to share the information more widely. Authentication takes place using the University's Raven authentication system which results in cookies being set when a user is authenticated.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to see how people use our website. This helps us improve it. The data we have is anonymised. Google's privacy policy has more information about what information Google Analytics collects and how they process it.

The University Privacy Policy

The University web site is covered by the The University privacy policy. and not by the policy above. Note that some links on the Mathematics site, in particular the search facility, point to the University site.