Users of Blackboard should be aware that when accessing the virtual learning environment, Blackboard will deliver cookies to your connected device (e.g. web browser, smartphone, etc). The system uses this technology to provide secure learning experiences, track usage and manage application performance. If you delete these cookies or choose not to accept them you will not be able to use Blackboard.
For some online journals and databases, the university uses a login service called OpenAthens provided by an organisation called Eduserv. The cookies used by this service are as follows:
|ath_ldom||For OpenAthens customers, this contains the organisation number of the user's selected home organisation.||5 years||.athensams.net|
|ath_ltoken||Opaque session identifier, denoting that a user has a valid session in OpenAthens MD.||End of session||.athensams.net|
|ath_usermame||Logged in username.||End of session||.athensams.net|
|ath_da||A numerical value representing the type of login.||End of session||.athensams.net|
|MyAthensCt||Opaque session identifier, denoting that a user has a valid session in MyAthens.||End of session||.athensams.net|
|ath_tbactive||Set if user has the Athens toolbar||End of session||.athensams.net|
Not personal information
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