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Privacy and Security of information

We follow the university guidelines for confidentiality of information. In summary:

  • All information held in a computer facility is prima facie confidential unless obviously intended for unrestricted dissemination.
  • Do not attempt to access files belonging to another person unless you have their permission. The fact that information may be readable (or even alterable) does not, in itself, imply permission for it to be read.
  • Sometimes computer officers may in the course of their duties need to access your files or jobs and may bypass normal protection mechanisms to do so. (For example, to trace a system problem or monitor possible system abuse.)

Files in your home directory (N drive on the windows computers) are backed up on a regular basis unless they are contained within a folder called NOBACKUP.

Please be aware that it is not possible to fully safeguard the privacy of material stored on managed computers, and the protection of the data you keep is your responsibiity. This applies in particular to any personal data you have on the system or in your work email.

Personal Data (information which relates to a living person)

If you are keeping personal data please study the guidelines below:

Please remove all personal data from your computer account when you leave the department.

Network Traffic

UK legislation allows the interception of network traffic without consent for purposes such as recording evidence of transactions, ensuring regulatory compliance, detecting crime or unauthorized use, and ensuring the efficient operation of University communications systems.