|What are privacy settings and how do I change them?|
|Privacy settings on TSR enable you to customise the amount of personal information that you display to other members. These are vital for keeping you safe to enjoy TSR to the full, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to use the site without worrying. You can set your privacy settings to allow the following levels of access: Everyone; Registered Members; Contacts; or Friends only.
The sorts of information that would be covered by your privacy settings are:
To edit your privacy settings, click here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/profile.php?do=privacy
|Staying safe on The Student Room|
|We want you to enjoy The Student Room. It's a great place to interact, learn and make friends; but as with every other social site on the web there are risks associated with sharing personal information that you should be aware of. If you choose to share personal information, photos of yourself, or meet other members offline it is entirely at your own risk. TSR itself does not endorse meeting other members.
It should always be remembered that TSR is a public forum, which means anything you post can be seen by anyone, and could also be picked up by internet search engines.
- E-mail address
- Landline and mobile phone numbers
Other good advice can be found here:
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files stored in your computer or mobile phone’s internet browser (e.g Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari). They are usually used by websites to improve services for you, to find out more information about the popularity of a website and for delivering more relevant advertising.
1. Site performance cookies
2. Registration cookies
3. Facebook and Twitter cookies
4. Anonymous analytics cookies
We use Google Analytics software to monitor the number of people visiting the website, which uses a cookie to collect this information. Google Analytics only collects anonymous aggregate data, i.e. we cannot tell who you are or link data back to a specific username, and everyone’s data is shown as a whole, not individually. We use this only for statistical purposes to tell us information like how many people are new to the site or have visited before and which pages are the most popular.
5. Advertising cookies
The Student Room is primarily funded by advertising. Often we need to know whether you have seen an advert and the time since you last saw it. This is to stop you from seeing the same advert repeatedly. To be able to do this we use a cookie to say when a particular advert has been shown in your browser. It does not collect any personal information about you. The company and system we currently use to do this is called Double Click by Google and on their website you can find out more information and opt out of this cookie. However by opting out you will see less relevant advertising and are likely to see the same adverts more frequently.
6. Third party advertising cookies
A number of adverts shown across The Student Room are delivered by other third party companies called networks. These companies use their own cookies for tracking the success of their adverts and for customisations to you. The Student Room does not have access to these cookies and nor do these companies have access to the cookies we use on our site. Third party advertising cookies cannot be linked to your personal data. You can turn off third party advertising cookies by visiting the Your Online Choices control page.
7. Other third party cookies
Sometimes The Student Room will use other third party cookies to help improve the functionality of the site or to find out more information about our audience but in an anonymous way. In particular, we place cookies for Quantserve and comScore. These companies measure the audiences of websites to show how many people visit websites around the world and the type of audience that visits them. This is primarily used by advertisers to help them decide the best website to advertise on. All information they provide is anonymous and aggregate.
Occasionally we also use a service called Skimlinks which adds links to words on the site that you can click to buy products. Skimlinks uses a cookie to associate your purchase to The Student Room so that we earn a referral fee. You can read more information on this service and opt out of their cookie on the Skim Links Opt Out page.
Can I use The Student Room without cookies?
You can access The Student Room’s content without using cookies by turning them off in your browser’s settings, however you won’t be able to log in because this functionality requires cookies to remember who you are. Also, by turning cookies off you will see less relevant advertising and are likely to see the same adverts more often.
How do I turn cookies off?
Alternatively, you can turn off all cookie use within your browser by following the instructions on the below pages:
Where can I read more information?