Privacy policy and cookies

This document describes how CEH uses your information and protects your privacy


This site does not store or capture personal information from users accessing our website, it merely logs the user's IP address which is automatically recognised by the web server.

However, anyone downloading or ordering data will have their email address and other personal information recorded. Any such personal information provided or obtained will be used only for the purposes of providing the Data to the Licensee, for communications relating to NERC\CEH products or services and for administration of the web server, unless otherwise agreed by The Licensee.  The information will not be provided to anyone outside NERC\CEH.

NERC\CEH will treat any personal information provided or obtained, in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act of 1998.

NERC\CEH will, on request, delete or remove any personal information held.

This privacy policy covers pages and applications hosted on the domain. Links to external websites are not covered by this policy.



When we provide web services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, this includes small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

Cookies 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 several times during one task; recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested; measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

Information collected is not shared with other organisations.

Cookies for improving service

CEH uses the Google Analytics service. Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This allows us to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years
Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes
Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser
Name: _utmz
Typical content: rrandomly generated number and info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to their website.

Third party services

The CEH website also includes embedded 'share' buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends and colleagues through a number of popular social networks, for example, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. These sites may set a cookie if you click through. CEH does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Further information

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through advice on