Privacy policy

This policy statement sets out how we, “History SPOT”, will treat your personal information.  By registering with the University as a user of the History SPOT website, you are giving consent to the University to use your personal information for the purposes set out below. 


The information we collect


History SPOT may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:


  1. information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website.  This data includes your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views, website navigation, and download activity from History SPOT;
  2.  information provided by you to us for the purpose of registration.  Registration requires that you provide us with your First Name; Surname; Professional Status; Country; Institutional Affiliation; and email address;
  3. any other information that you choose to send to us


We will not use this data for profit or disclose any information to third parties unless required to do so by law.  The information is gathered purely for statistical and archival purposes.  The only exception is the gathering of general statistics regarding user activity that will be published periodically on the History SPOT website for public consumption.  These statistics will not disclose private or specific information regarding individual users.



Site cookie usage information

Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently and we use different cookies for different purposes across our websites.

List of the main History SPOT Cookies

The following table explains which types of cookies we use and why we use them:





More information

Content Management System cookies



These cookies are set and used by our content management systems when you visit the HistorySPOT. It is not used by the IHR for any other purpose.

We use Drupal 7 CMS (

Learning Management System cookies


These cookies are set by the HistorySPOT and used for single sign on and user session control between the Moodle LMS and Mahara sub-systems.

The History SPOT site uses the opensource systems Drupal, Moodle ( and Mahara ( See their sites for further details on each system’s cookie use.

Google Analytics


These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where vistors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

For full details of the Google Analytics privacy site visit


If you would like more information about cookies and controlling your information online, please visit the IHR Cookie policy information at


External links


History SPOT contains links to other websites, including commercial organisations.  This privacy policy applies only to our site.

We do not pass on any personal information which you have given us to any other site.


Access to your information and contacting us


If you wish to see our records of any communications which you have sent to us, or if you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site you can contact us at or by filling in our Contact form.


Changes to this privacy policy


If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page.  Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Any changes and updates to the privacy policy will be announced through the History SPOT News feeds.


Policy last updated:2012-05-14 – EU Cookie law update