3. What are web access log files?
During your travel around the Internet, you will visit many different
servers around the world and, unknowingly, leave a digital trail of your
surfing. This is because web servers collect and log information about you and
your web client system. There are valid reasons to keep such logs including:
- Help to track security breaches
- Counting how often documents are accessed
- Recording types of browsers being used
You can find out what information is available to web servers about you
and your system by clicking on this link
Web Client Report
Information collected in web logs is purely for system related reasons.
No specific details of an individual's use of computer systems are not made
publically available. However, some server owners do allow third parties access
to this information. OUCS has no control over this practice.
The OUCS servers
All the OUCS web servers record information on which files are accessed,
when and by whom. This last item consists of the IP name and number of the
computer you are using to access the web, together with your user name on that
system (if available). IP naming schemes used for computers can allow an
individual users identity to be determined.
Other Colleges and Departments of the University also maintain log
files. The University IT Committee recommends that these log files are not made
available in a form to identify individual users.
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