Privacy and Cookies statement

This privacy policy only covers the Website of the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations at

Links within this site to websites of other organisations are not covered by this policy.


Definition of a cookie

To make this site work well, we sometimes place small data files known as cookies on your computer. Most websites do this too. A cookie is a message given to a web browser by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser in a text file called cookie.txt. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back. A cookie's main objective is 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, email address and interests. You can choose to reject or delete cookies in your web browser settings, but doing so may cause this website’s functions to fail to work correctly. By browsing this website without blocking cookies on your personal computer, you are implying consent to our use of cookies.

ICBSE website cookies

The ICBSE website uses cookies to identify users who have logged into the website. This enables the site to recognise what level of access is allowed for each section, and what content should be displayed.

Name: '_ac'

Purpose: stores an authentication token, used to recognise a user has logged into the website

Third party cookies

The ICBSE makes use of the Google Analytics service to record anonymous information about visitors to the website. This information is used to gauge the effectiveness of the content, layout and navigation. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Name: Cookies beginning with '_utm'

Purpose: Identifying anonymous information about a website visitor by Google Analytics. This includes the pages visited and information about the web browser. For more information see the Google Privacy Policy.