What information is captured from visitors to the BCH?
From time to time, information may be placed on your computer to allow the BCH web server to identify you. This information is commonly known as "cookies". If you have set your browser to accept cookies, the BCH Web server may use an extended log file format that captures: date and time of visit, refer address (location from which a visitor comes to the BCH), type of Internet browser, and visitor’s IP address. (Each computer that connects to the Internet is assigned a unique number, an IP Address, for identification purposes). The log file does not capture a visitor's email address.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a series of data characters that is placed by a Web Server into the browser's application folder on your computer. Once placed onto your machine, the cookie will allow the web site (in this case, the BCH) to "recognize" you as a unique individual. Cookies are used only to view information on your hard drive that was put there by a cookie from this Site (e.g. the date the website was last accessed from your computer).
Can I stop the BCH collecting this information?
Cookies are stored on your computer and not on this site. If you do not wish to receive cookies, or want to be notified of when they are placed, you may set your web browser to carry out this function (please review your web browser documentation for more information on how to do this, as it depends on which software you are using to access the site). You may also delete cookies from your hard drive.
What happens when I leave the BCH to visit a linked Web site?
Due to its distributed nature, many records in the BCH contain information hosted by third parties. When you leave the BCH to visit one of these sites, the only information that may be transferred to the third party is the fact that you came from bch.biodiv.org (the refer address). This practice allows the third party to monitor its own Web site traffic, but does not provide them with any information about you. You should consult the privacy policies at those sites to determine how your information may be used.
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