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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

This page explains what personal information we gather when you visit the PDN website and details how that information is used.

The following policy applies to and the following sub websites:

Who will process my personal information?

The information published here applies to the use of your personal information by the University of Cambridge through the viewing or use of this website. The information published here is limited to the use of personal information by and its sub sites; various other notices are published in relation to our use of the personal information of applicants, students, staff, alumni, research participants, and others.


Personal information collected

When you visit we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. For information about how Google Analytics uses your personal information, please see and

We also collect the request made by your browser to the server hosting the website which includes the IP address, the date and time of connection and the page you ask for. We use this information to ensure the security of our websites and we delete it after a maximum of 3 months. We may use and disclose it as necessary in the event of a security concern or incident.

For information about how we use cookies on University websites, please see

The use of your personal information in the above ways is necessary for the legitimate interests of the University in operating and improving its websites, analysing their use, and ensuring their security. Our websites collect very little personal information and we use it in ways that are compatible with your individual rights and freedoms. 

For information about how and what the site information is used for, please visit

Further information

For more information about how we handle your personal information, and your rights under data protection legislation, please see

This page was last updated in April 2018.

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