The Scheme's privacy policy

If you visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) website, we automatically gather and store the following information about your visit (via the use of Google Analytics) so that we can track the use of our website in order to make improvements and report on activities and resource usage:

  • the IP address from which you access our website
  • the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (e.g., if you are connecting from an America Online accoun
  • the type of browser and operating system used to access our website
  • the date and time of your visit to the site
  • the pages, files, documents and links that you visit
  • the internet address of the website from which you linked to our site (i.e. the previous site you visited before you came to us)

What happens to the information collected?

The information above is stored and used in the aggregate only, in order to provide us with information about the general use of our site. We analyse these data to allow us to make improvements to the site: for example if we find that some pages are rarely, or never visited, we may decide to remove or rewrite them.

What are cookies?

Cookies can be either persistent or session-based. Persistent cookies are small pieces of information sent to your browser by a website that you visit. They are stored on your computer, contain an expiry date, and may be used to track your browsing behaviour upon return to the issuing web site. When you register on a website, cookies allow the website to remember your information so you will not have to re-enter it the next time you visit. You can set your browser to refuse cookies from any website you visit. If you choose to do that you can usually still gain access to most, if not all of the site, but you may not be able to conduct certain types of transactions (such as shopping) or take advantage of some of the interactive elements offered. Session cookies are short-lived, are used only during a browsing session, and expire when you quit your browser. Upon closing your browser the session cookie set by the web site is destroyed and no personal information is maintained which might identify you should you visit the web site at a later date.

Email addresses and personal information

We will only collect personal information which you knowingly and willingly provide, by for example sending emails or completing on line forms. Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and it will not be added to a mailing list or used for any other purpose without your consent.

When you register for a user account for the Scheme's database, we ask you for basic information about yourself to generate a user profile to attach data and user generated content .

You are also protected under the Data Protection Act 1998, which we adhere to in full. Your personal details cannot be released to a third party under any Freedom of Information request.