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Privacy and Publicity

Basically, nearly everything on is publicly accesible. The main thing that is partially hidden is your email address, but this is visible to all logged-in users, and anybody in the world can sign up for an account (NOTE: self-signup for new non-University of Cambridge accounts is now disabled, but previously self-signed-up users have not been disabled).

The whole point of is to publicise talks. So it is taken as read that all data you enter into about talks (speaker name, venue, title, abstract) is public information, and will publicise it for you. If you do not want information about a talk to be made public, please do not put that information into It’s fine to use to publicise talks that are not open to the general public, but the general public will still be able to read the information you put into

If you opt to keep your list or talk out of the directory, this will stop it appearing in the index, our search, and the randomly generated list of talks down the right-hand side of the page. However, Google and similar sites will still be able to find this information.

Along with the talk details, we will also publicise the name and appropriate contact information of the Organizer of each talk. We need to do this because someone interested in a talk may have questions such as ‘I am an undergraduate; please may I come to this talk?’ or ‘Does the venue have disabled access?’ To allow such questions to be answered, supplies the name and email address of the organizer.

The same contact details of anyone who manages a talk-list on are provided on a page associated with that talk-list. We do this because the manager of a list is effectively the author of all the webpages associated with that list. It’s normal practice for the author of every webpage to be identified so that he or she can be contacted if corrections or further information are required. When you become a manager of a talk-list on you must consent to being identified as the manager.

Because the email addresses of people with accounts is visible to logged-in users, you should consult the Speaker before adding their email address to the ‘speaker’s email’ box when adding a new talk, as their address becomes available to everyone who currently has a login, and anybody who signs-up for an account in the future.

And finally, the managers of have access to all the data entered in the system. They may look at the data, including your personal data, in order to enhance your experience.

General personal information collected on domain websites

When you visit any of the websites within the Cambridge domain we hold certain information about you for service and security reasons (this includes the request made by your browser to the server hosting the website, and also the use of a third-party service, Google Analytics). For more information on this, please see .

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