This cookie policy is based on and developed from the Automattic Cookie Policy made available under under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. In line with this licence, this Cookie Policy is also made available under the aforementioned licence.

Change Log

30th August 2018: Cookie Policy customised from the original version at to suit the Research Software London website.

Our Privacy Policy explains our principles when it comes to the collection, processing, and storage of your information. This policy specifically explains how we, our partners, and users of our services deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”). Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.

Where we place cookies

Cookies are placed on the the Research Software London website ( They are stored to your browser when you visit the website.

    Types of Cookie

    The table below explains the types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.

    Category of cookies Why we use these cookies
    Strictly Necessary These cookies are essential for our website to perform its basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an ecommerce functionality.
    Functionality These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.
    Security We may use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.
    Analytics and Performance Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our website, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We may use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.

    How we use cookies

    At present, the Research Software London website makes extremely limited use of cookies, using only “Strictly Necessary” cookies. As the site develops, this policy will be updated to include details of additional cookie use. We may use cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons; some enable a personalized experience for both visitors and registered users; and some allow the display of advertising from selected third party networks. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action (clicking the “like” or “follow” button on a post, for example). Some cookies are set whenever you visit the Research Software London website, irrespective of whether you have an account. For more information on the choices you have about the cookies we use, please see the Controlling Cookies section below.
    The “cookie banner” that may appear when you first visit the site reminds you of our use of cookies, points you to this policy and highlights that you shouldn’t use the site if you do not agree to its use of cookies.

    Controlling Cookies

    Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behavior such as the length of time they are stored – either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins. If you disable cookies, please be aware that some of the features of the Research Software London website may not function correctly. To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising visit (EU based) or (US based). On a mobile device, you may also be able to adjust your settings to limit ad tracking.  You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.