CSI-COP Privacy notice

The philosophy of design for the CSI-COP website has been to develop each section (Home, About, etc.) and its sub-pages as privacy-by-default. We encourage our visitors to check the website below to learn that the CSI-COP website is GDPR compliant: https://2gdpr.com/178757653

The development has involved ensuring the website is free of tracking visitors’ movement and navigation around CSI-COP pages. This means the CSI-COP website does not track from which website a visitor arrived on to a CSI-COP web page, nor does CSI-COP website monitor or record the ‘session’ of each visitor. To this end the CSI-COP website has no visitor tracking on its web pages.

Does this mean the CSI-COP website carries no cookies (small text files, please see FAQ page and further information below) ? The site is forced to include a small number of cookies to function, although these do not result in a visitor being tracked.

Home Page

For example, on the Home page, there are ‘third-party’ requests from Google for use of its fonts. CSI-COP is the ‘first-party’ for the CSI-COP website. A ‘third-party’ means a party that is not related in any way with the first party, in this case, CSI-COP. The third-party requests relate to the fonts used on each of the pages on CSI-COP’s website.

Why does CSI-COP use Google fonts? These were embedded in the WordPress template CSI-COP adopted to create its web presence Without use of the Google fonts the CSI-COP website would incur cost to purchase licences to use other fonts. CSI-COP made a decision, as these Google requests would not be tracking visitors to its website, CSI-COP could continue to use them keeping the promise to CSI-COP visitors of privacy-by-default pages.

About and other sections

We invite visitors to check ‘Security Headers’. There you will find that each section and any page across the CSI-COP website is accorded an A+ for website security. Try putting the address (URL) for a CSI-COP website page in the link below, for example the ‘About’ page

More about Cookies

There are different types of cookies for different purposes used on websites. These are the most common types of cookies:

Session cookie

A session cookie only lasts for the duration of the user’s website visit.

A web browser normally deletes session cookies when it quits.

Persistent cookie

A persistent cookie will outlast user sessions. If a persistent cookie has its maximum age set to 1 year, then, within the year, the initial value set in that cookie would be sent back to the server every time the user visited the server. This could be used to record a piece of information such as how the user initially came to this website. For this reason persistent cookies are also called tracking cookies.

Secure cookie

A secure cookie is only used when a browser is visiting a server via HTTPS, ensuring that the cookie is always encrypted when transmitting from client to server.

First-party cookie

First-party cookies are cookies set with the same domain (or its subdomain) in the browser’s address bar.

Third-party cookie

Third-party cookies are cookies set with different domains from the one shown on the address bar (i.e. the web pages on that domain may feature content from a third-party domain – e.g. Google Maps or YouTube). Privacy setting options in most modern browsers allow you to block third-party tracking cookies.

Cookie uses

Cookies perform many different functions. These are the most common uses of cookies:

Essential cookies

Some cookies are essential for the operation of our websites. For example, some cookies allow us to identify logged in users and ensure they can access the relevant pages.

Performance Cookies

We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages.

Functionality Cookies

We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences, for example which language you want to see the website in. We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch a video online.

Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies

We do not use this type of cookie.

The law

The principal law which governs how websites use cookies and similar technologies when storing information on a user’s equipment, such as their computer or mobile device, is the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (PECR). The regulations were amended on 9 January 2019. You can read and download the report for PECR in different languages from this website:https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52017PC0010

Can I turn off cookies?

You can manually disable cookies on your device, or delete existing cookies. You may also be able to view the cookies already in your system. This will depend on your browser. See the links below which tell you how to delete or disable cookies in each of the major browsers.

Internet Explorer 7 and 8

Internet Explorer 9




CSI-COP cookies and personal information

CSI-COP website will not use cookies to store personal information about citizen scientists, and will not attempt to identify visitors through the use of cookies.

The tables below provide an overview of all the not-tracking cookies used on the CSI-COP website, including details of the party, its source, type, duration, and the reason for its use.

Cookie Provider Source Type Duration Reason
wp-settings-{user_id} WordPress WordPress   1 year Used to persist a user’s wp-admin configuration.
wordpress_test_cookie WordPress WordPress   Session Tests that the browser accepts cookies.
wordpress_logged_in_{hash} WordPress WordPress   Session Remember User session.
wordpress_{hash} WordPress WordPress   Session To store the authentication details on login.
cdn.syndication.twimg.com Twitter Twitter   Session Helps us to determine the language settings of the user’s browser, to better serve relevant information in the right language.
asgarosforum_unique_id asgaros asgaros Session This cookie is set from the Forum plugin and stores the unique id number of the current visitor in the forum section. It does not store any personal data.
asgarosforum_unread_cleared asgaros asgaros Session This cookie is set from the Forum plugin and stores the state of the visited forum section by the current user. It does not store any personal data.
Hostname Description
fonts.googleapis.com The Google Fonts are an application programme interface (API) is designed to limit the collection, storage, and use of end-user data to what is needed to serve fonts efficiently. Use of Google Fonts is unauthenticated. No cookies are sent by website visitors to the Google Fonts API.
fonts.gstatic.com Requests to the Google Fonts API are made to resource-specific domains, such as fonts.googleapis.com or fonts.gstatic.com, so that visitor requests for fonts are separate from and do not contain any credentials sent to google.com while using other Google services that are authenticated, such as Gmail.
These help CSI-COP to determine the language settings of a visitor’s browser, to better serve relevant information in the right language.
pbs.twimg.com This is for the Twitter domain allowing hosting of images.
These help to improves CSI-COP website’s performance and speeds up loading times. In addition, these help the data visualisation visitors will experience as interactive maps in the sub-pages in ‘Project results’ section.

CSI-COP will constantly review its website, and its privacy commitment, to ensure the promise of no-visitor tracking, and to comply with the EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR). For more information on GDPR, please see this page: https://gdpr.eu/

Thank you for visiting. To learn more about the CSI-COP project and how to get involved as a citizen scientist please select this link. To contact us please click here.