Statement about DIALANG and cookies

Updated 25 May 2012


What is a cookie?
A cookie is a file stored automatically on your machine by a web program. Its proper use is to make it easier for you to use the web program (for example by recording your preferences). However there are concerns that some cookies may store excessive personal information.

EU regulations
European Directive 2002/58/EC is concerned with the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector. In 2009 this Directive was amended by Directive 2009/136/EC. This included a change to Article 5(3) of the E-Privacy Directive requiring consent for storage or access to information stored on a subscriber or user's terminal equipment in other words a requirement to obtain consent for cookies and similar technologies. Governments in Europe had until 25 May 2011 to implement these changes into their own law.

Does the DIALANG program use cookies?
No. DIALANG uses no cookies.
Every DIALANG user is anonymous, so DIALANG has no personal information about you.
These DIALANG web pages from Lancaster University do not use cookies.

Does the DIALANG Test Server use cookies?
The DIALANG Test Server uses a well-known communication program called Tomcat. This program uses a "session identifier" so that DIALANG can collect your asynchronous answers to questions, and put them togther to give you a result.
Tomcat may place a temporary session cookie called JSESSIONID on your computer. It contains no personal information, and has no use after the end of your seesion on DIALANG.
You can read Lancaster University's generic policy on cookies by clicking here