Privacy Statement

We may collect personal information from you via this website, for example, if you register with us for services, in order to receive news and announcements and your information may be stored manually or electronically.

Any personal information you give to us will always be processed in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. We will only use the personal information you provide to deliver the services you have requested, or for our lawful disclosed purposes. We will not make your personal details available outside our organisation without your consent, unless obliged by law.

This website may automatically track certain information about you in the course of you using this website, such as your IP address and browser identification. This information is used only for system administration and for providing statistics to evaluate use of this site. We do not use cookies for collecting personal information from this site. (A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive.)

Questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be addressed in writing to:

COSSAN Working Group,
Institute for Risk and Uncertainty, University of Liverpool
Peach Street, Chadwick Building,
Liverpool L69 7ZF, United Kingdom

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information during one task, recognising that you have already given a username and password so you don't need to enter it for every web page requested, measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast. You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue "session cookies" cookies when you visit our site.

For more information on cookies, and how to delete and control them visit or

Our use of cookies
The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by the Science and Technology Research Council and the third-party services we use.

Cookies for managing your current visit
These are cookies set by the COSSAN website (known as 'first-party' cookies). They are used to remember the selections or preferences that you’ve made when looking at the information on this site.

Purpose: Contains a reference to a session stored on the server. No information is stored in the user's browser.
Expires: Once the session ends

wikiOpenUserID, wikiOpenUserName & wikiOpen_session
Purpose: Used to maintain a user session
Expires: Once the session ends

Cookies set by other websites through this site
We want to provide interesting and engaging content on our website. On a number of pages we use PHPLIST, Google Forms, Google Calendar, MediaWiki

The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as 'third-party' cookies.

How to control and delete cookies
We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the About Cookies website, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may have an impact upon the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.