Web Servers Collect Information
Nearly all web servers will record some information about the nature of a visit to a page. The information stored usually includes:
- Date and time of the page visit
- The IP address used to access the page
- The address of the referring website (if appropriate) and search keywords if provided.
- Technical information such as whether the request successful or if there were any errors, how long the page took to respond, etc.
The data collected by our web server is used to gain a better understanding of how many page views we get per day, how the site is functioning, what areas are popular and how search engines categorise our pages. This is done do help us identify improvements.
At no time is any personally identifiable information used to track you through your visit. We do not ask you to identify yourself. The only useful information that can be derived from a visitor's IP address is the geographic location of the ISP who owns the address. We don't currently use the information for any purpose.
We use a service from Google that can provide some richer analytical information. It can help us know the search terms people are using, gives a technical breakdown of what type of computer and web browser software are used, and so on. To achieve this, there is a small piece of code on Google's servers which is executed each time a web page on my server is loaded. That code records non-personally identifiable information about the software and operating system used to access the site, the pages visited and keywords used. As part of our use of this service, Google require us to include the following privacy statement: