MSSU Privacy Policy

The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) is committed to respecting the privacy of our employees, partners, affiliates and visitors to our website. This Privacy Statement describes our privacy practices regarding information gathered on the MSSU website.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Information

Personal Information

Our website does not automatically collect any personal information from you (e.g. name, address or phone number).  We only receive this information if you provide it voluntarily, by completing an online form or contacting us via email.  The MSSU only collects information in connection with MSSU services and activities and MSSU-related conferences or education sessions registration. We will protect any information that you do provide in accordance with applicable privacy legislation and MSSU policies and procedures.

The MSSU uses a third party company to assist with registration for conferences and education sessions.  While these companies may collect financial information from you (credit card number, banking information), this information is not received by the MSSU. When registering for an event, please refer to the provider’s website for more information on their privacy policies and security measures.

The MSSU also uses a third-party company to manage mailing lists for notification of events and distribution of electronic newsletters. If you change your mind after opting in to our mailing list, you can later choose to opt out of receiving these communications.

The MSSU only uses your personal information for the purpose it was collected unless you provide consent otherwise.

We do not disclose your personal information to anyone except MSSU personnel who will use the information for legitimate business purposes such as responding to your request or to the third-party companies in connection with the services described above. The MSSU does not rent or sell your personal information to anyone.

Non-personal Information

The MSSU’s web servers automatically log some information about visits to our web pages. These logs capture combined non-personal information about visitors such as:

  • The Internet domain and Internet Protocol (“IP”) address used to access the website
  • The type of browser and operating system used
  • The date and time of access
  • The uniform resource locator (URL) of pages visited
  • Addresses of other websites linked from
  • General geographic location

The MSSU does not use this information to attempt to identify individual visitors or track their usage. The information is used to increase the quality of our website by tracking the number of visitors and monitoring usage of the site and the types of technology used by our visitors.

Depending on the Internet service provider, in some cases, the Internet domain or IP address of visitors could allow for individual identification. If you are concerned about this, you may wish to ask your internet provider about their policies and practices.


What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file containing an identification code that is transferred from a website to the hard drive of your computer. A cookie identifies your browser but does NOT let a website know any personal information about you, such as your name and address. Cookies cannot run on your computer, search your computer for other information or transmit any information to anyone.

How do we use cookies?

  • Improve the operation and performance of our website pages by making them easier and more convenient to use; for example, saving passwords and preferences so that you will not have to re-enter them the next time you visit.
  • Analyze general traffic patterns (such as which pages are most popular) and general statistics (such as the number of users, average time spent etc.). This information helps us to better understand when we should update, change or offer new services.
  • Use external web services in our site, for example displaying YouTube videos.

See below for a list of cookies used by our website.

NamePurposeMore Information
SIDCCA security cookie to protect a users data from unauthorized access.Expires after 1 year
Builds a profile of website visitor interests to show relevant and personalized ads through retargeting.Expires after 2 years
Contains digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google Account ID and most recent sign-in time.Expires after 2 years
APISIDEnables Google to collect user information for videos hosted by YouTube.Expires after 2 years
HSIDContains digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google Account ID and most recent sign-in time.Expires after 2 years
__Secure-3PSIDCCRequired to use website options and servicesExpires after 1 year
SSID and SAPISIDDownload certain Google Tools and save certain preferences, for example the number of search results per page or activation of the SafeSearch Filter. Adjusts the ads that appear in Google Search.Expires after 2 years
DVUsed to save the user’s preferences and other information.Expires at the end of browsing session
CONSENTGoogle cookie consent trackerExpires after 17 years
SEARCH_SAMESITEAllows users to declare if your cookie should be restricted to a first-party or same-site contextExpires after 2 months
ANIDUsed for advertising served across the webExpires after 2 months
OGPCRequired to use website options and servicesExpires after 1 year
NIDCollects website statistics and track conversion rates and Google ad personalizationExpires after 11 months
1P_JARThese cookies are set via embedded YouTube videos. They register anonymous statistical data, for example how many times the video is displayed and what settings are used for playback.Expires after 1 month
wp-wpml_current_languageTracks what language was chosen for contentExpires at the end of browsing session
OTZUsed by Google Analytics that provides an aggregate analysis of Website visitorsExpires after 1 month
_ga_PHVG60J2FDUsed by Cloudflare to monitor attacks and malwareExpires after 2 years
_gaSet when a person visits your website for the first timeExpires after 2 years


Manage cookie preferences

If you are concerned about the use of cookies, all major browsers allow you to block or delete cookies from your system. You may also be able to see the cookies already in your system. Consult your browser’s help files for instructions on how to manage cookies. 

Links to other sites

Our websites may contain links to other sites. However, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites or any potential misuse of your personal information.


If you have questions or concerns regarding the protection of personal information privacy at the MSSU, you can contact MSSU Halifax Office at or 902-473-7640.

(Adapted from the Dalhousie University Website Privacy Statement.)

(Approved July 24, 2015; Updated November 08, 2021)

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