Cookies

What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a small text file that is placed on an internet user’s computer or mobile phone when you first visit a website or page. Cookies are typically made up of letters and numbers and are stored on your computer by your internet browser which are then sent back to the originating website which recognises the cookie.

Why do we use cookies?

Like most websites The Glasgow School of Art uses cookies to make your visit to our website easier and to improve the quality of your user experience: by enabling cookies, user’s preferences, information and general statistics can be stored.

These statistics are things such as how many people have visited our website, what type of browser/technology they are using, as well as how long they spent on our site. These cookies help us to continuously measure and improve the performance of our website, and ultimately the user experience.

Are cookies dangerous?

No, is the simple answer. Cookies cannot be used to circulate viruses, and they cannot access your computer’s hard drive, although they are stored on the hard drive. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.

Why do people reject cookies if they are safe?

A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a member of: however users may often discover cookies from websites that they have not visited in their computer. Cookies like these are usually used by companies that use internet advertising for other websites.

It may be possible that the user’s information can be passed to third parties without the user’s knowledge through cookies like these. This is the main reason for people disallowing cookies. Please note that at the GSA we do not use cookies to collect or pass any personally identifiable or sensitive information to advertisers or third parties.

How do I disable cookies on the SimVis Blog?

Some parts of our website rely on the activation of cookies to work, so disabling them may affect your user experience of the site. If you would prefer to opt out you have the ability to turn these on or off using the cookie control settings in your web-browser.

You can read more on the GSA cookie policy here:  here: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/information/cookies/

The cookies used on this blog are:

blog.gsofasimvis.com – cookies to track whether you have viewed and accepted the cookie policy, current wordpress settings and a test cookie

widgets.wp.com and public-api.wordpress.com – cookies to track logged in status, settings for editing & commenting and widgets.

player.vimeo.com – cookies relating to Vimeo playback and status

www.youtube.com – cookies relating to YouTube video playback and status