Cookies & Privacy

The GeneProf Team is committed to protecting your privacy and keeping you informed of how your information is used. In compliance with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (PECR), this page details how and where our activities differ from the University of Edinburgh's general Privacy Policy and how you can contact us in this regard.

What are Cookies and what are they good for?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your device. Cookies help us to identify visitors of the GeneProf website and to deliver a more personalised service.
For more detailed information, please visit the University of Edinburgh's cookie guidance page.

Which cookies are being used by the GeneProf website?

GeneProf uses three types of cookies:

Session cookies (JSESSIONID)
Session cookies uniquely identify a device during one visit to the website. This session automatically expires after a certain period of inactivity (120 minutes). No information collected about your device in this context will stored permanently. GeneProf depends on the use of session cookies, so we can link you as a user to the pages you request: For instance, after logging in your will have access to your own private and confidential research data stored in the database. The session cookie makes it possible for us to distinguish your user session (after logging in) from others, so that we can make sure that only you get access to your data!
"Remember-me cookies" (uIDintKeyCk,uIDintKeyCkl,uIDintKeyCkD)
For your convenience, we have implemented a way to remember your log-in details from the GeneProf log-in page (this link). The use of these cookies is completely optional and we will not store this information on your device unless you agree by ticking the corresponding checkbox on the log-in page. The cookies store your user ID and an encrypted alternative login authentication key that will be used the next time you visit the GeneProf website to automatically log you into your account. The authentication details will be updated after every use to prevent misuse by others.
Google Analytics Tracking cookies _utma,_utmb,_utmc,_utmz
We use Google Analytics services to audit user behaviour. However, this happens in a completely anonymous fashion! No information about you as an individual will be stored! Tracking user behaviour helps us to identify commonly visited components of the website, points for future improvement and helps us to make a case in funding applications. More information about Google Analytic's privacy policy is available here.

Questions, suggestions and complaints:

If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints regarding GeneProf's use of cookies or about our general privacy policy, please contact Simon R. Tomlinson (University of Edinburgh).

Further information and links: