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Privacy & Cookie Policy

Privacy Policy

BAS’s website logs the user’s IP address which is automatically recognised by the web server.

In the interests of preventing abuse and the sending of SPAM, we monitor the use of the “Email to a Friend” facility and may record email addresses entered into the form. Under no circumstances will any email addresses be sold or transferred to a third party.

We will not collect any information about you except that required for conducting business with you, or system administration of the Web server. The information collected will not be sold or rented; nor will it be shared with third parties except where we are required by the Government to audit website usage data using an independent auditor (ABCe), and the information will be held securely by them. More information about why we measure and audit website traffic and the auditing process is available on the Central Office for Information website.

This privacy policy only covers the British Antarctic Survey’s public corporate website (pages at the web address www.bas.ac.uk and www.antarctica.ac.uk). Other links within this site to other websites are not covered by this policy.

Cookie Policy

We use cookies to collect information about your activity on the website. Cookies do not contain any personal information. If you choose not to accept the cookie, this will not affect your access to any of the facilities on this website.

Our Use of Cookies

This site uses Google Analytics and Piwik, an open source web analytics software program, to gather statistical information. Opt-out of using Google Analytics.

For more information about how Piwik process this information, visit www.piwik.org.

We use CloudFlare to serve our DNS and cached page content. This improves the performance of the site. Read more information about CloudFlare’s use of cookies.

You can find out more about how we use cookies on our site.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit AboutCookies.org – external link – which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone, you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third parties’ collection of data during your visit to our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

Summary of terms


Used to locate and display Web pages via a software application. The most popular ones are Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.


Message given to a web browser by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser at a location on the user’s hard disc. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back. Cookies are often used to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.

IP (Internet Protocol)

All networks connected to the internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.

IP address

SPAMUnwanted, unsolicited electronic mail – the internet version of junk mail.

Web Server

Delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.