Cookies and Privacy Statement

Cardiff Metropolitan University takes responsibility for protecting your privacy when you use our websites and services. This statement describes why we collect information from you and how this information will be processed.

Please note: Non-Cardiff Metropolitan University websites are not covered by this statement. However where relevant we have provided links to further information.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is the Data Controller and is committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

1. Information Collection

Anonymous information is collected automatically through the use of Cookies, and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected from web-based forms which you yourself have completed.

2. Use of Cookies

Cookies are files, sent by us to your computer or other access device, which can then be accessed when you visit our websites in the future, allowing us to record your browsing activity. These Cookies are used by:

a) Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a statistical tool that analyses the usage of websites by collecting internet log and behavioral information in an anonymous form. This information is then used to report on activity and provide an indication of website usage, which enables us to provide a better service on-site and inform our advertising off-site. (See also 4. Advertising – Google Ads)

Please follow this link for more information on Google Analytics and your privacy.

b) Authentication

In addition, Cookies are used to aid service and system access by allowing you to move around within our websites without having to re-authenticate. Such Cookies are automatically removed from your computer when you close down your browser windows.

3. Personal Information

PII (such as your name, address, telephone number and email address) that you directly provide to us through the use of web-based forms will be stored securely; only be accessed by authorized Fablab/Cardiff Metropolitan University personnel and will only be used for its intended purpose. The Fablab/University is lawful in processing this data because you have given consent (under Article 6 of the GDPR).

4. Advertising

The Fablab website currently collects and uses non-PII data from your browsing activity, for marketing/remarketing purposes across the channels below. By accepting the terms of this Cookie and Privacy Statement, you are providing consent for us to serve you with such advertising.

a) Facebook and Instagram

The Fablab website uses the 'Facebook Pixel' (a small block of code) in order to track which pages of the website you visit and what actions you may take. This allows us to serve you with targeted and relevant advertising across the Facebook and Instagram platforms ("Custom Audiences from your Website") and send information about any actions you may take ("Event Data") to Facebook to track conversions ("Conversion Tracking").

Find out more about the Facebook Privacy Policy.

You can also manage your Facebook Ad preferences via your personal Facebook account.

b) Twitter

The Fablab website uses the Twitter 'Universal Website Tag' (a small block of code) to track which pages of the website you visit, in order for us to utilise the 'Custom Audiences' and 'Conversion Tracking' features of Twitter Ads. We then use this information to serve you with relevant and targeted adverts across the Twitter platform.

Find out more about the Twitter Privacy Policy.

c) Google Ads (Search, Display and YouTube)

The Fablab uses the Google AdWords platform to serve relevant and targeted advertising to visitors of the Fablabs website. Data (browsing data) collected via Google Analytics is used to create custom audience profiles. These profiles are used to re-market and serve you with relevant adverts across the Google search and display networks including YouTube. Any user actions from such advertising (e.g. clicks or event registrations) is passed back to Google Analytics to allow the Fablab to track conversions and measure the impact of any such advertising.

Find out more about the Google Privacy Policy.

You can also control how adverts are served to you across the Google network.

For information on how you can stop receiving such advertising across the above channels, please visit: and

5. Your Rights

If the Fablab processes personal information about you, you have the right to contact the University and invoke the following individual rights. You have the right to:

Please visit the Information Commissioner Office's (ICO) website for further information in relation to your rights.

If you have previously provided consent for the processing of your personal data, you also have the right to withdraw this consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.  

As Cardiff Met are the Data Controller for Fablab, if you wish to make a complaint about the way your personal data has been processed you can submit your concerns in writing to the University at the following address:

Information & Data Compliance Officer

Secretariat Unit

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Llandaff Campus

Western Avenue Cardiff


If this process does not resolve your issue, or if you wish to take your complaint further, you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner. The contact details are:  

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




Last Updated: Aug 2 2018