Like many websites, covidinscotstudy.scot (the Service) uses small files called cookies to help provide the best possible online experience for you.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.
Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies.
- Persistent cookies continue to exist after you finish your website visit. They are eventually deleted, often after 6 months or longer. They are used to help the Service recognise when you return so that it can remember things like your preferences, or who you are.
- Session cookies are deleted automatically soon after you finish your website visit, usually within 30 minutes. They are used to help the Service to remember the status of your current visit, for example, a session ID might be stored to ensure you remain logged in.
You can remove cookies from your device at any time, and your device will automatically delete expired cookies.
Types of cookies
Cookies can be set in two ways – some are set by the Service itself. Others are set by other services which may be used bring enhanced functionality.
These cookies are set directly by the Service. Only the Service can read them.
These cookies are set by other digital services and are accessible only by those digital services. For example, if a webpage contains an embedded YouTube video, YouTube may set its own cookies to enable the video to work correctly.
Some cookies are set by services used to provide a better experience for you. For example, Google Analytics is a common service used to understand how users interact with websites so the website owners can make improvements, so the website is easier to use.
Some cookies are set by services for advertising purposes. For example, and advertising platform may set a cookie so that it recognises a user across different websites.
It is not the Service which sets these third-party cookies.
We categorise cookies based on how they are used and help you to make broad choices about which cookies you allow us to set.
These cookies let you use all the different parts of the Service. Without them, the Service cannot be provided. They are sometimes called “strictly necessary” cookies.
Some examples of how we use these cookies are:
- To remember your preferences (for example, whether you have given your consent for cookies to be set)
- Remembering security settings that affect access to certain content, for example, whether you are logged in.
These cookies might be used to provide functionality.
- enabling embedded video
- remembering that you have visited the site before so that messages for new visitors are not repeated to you
These help us make sure that the website is working properly and fix any errors.
Any performance cookies we use collect anonymised data to protect your identity. We do not collect any data on age, gender, sex, political or religious beliefs, nationality, or postcodes through cookies.
Some websites use advertising networks to show you specially targeted adverts when you visit. These networks may also be able to track your browsing across different sites.
Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither the Service nor its advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies.
The cookies we set
A string for each preference set
Used to store information about a visitor's cookie preference settings
After 1 year
Google Analytics is an example of a first party cookie used for performance. Other organisations can’t access your data or view cookies used by our website, and we do not sell your data to any third parties. We also do not allow Google to share our analytics data.
Collects information about how you use this website
After 2 years
Used to distinguish users
After 24 hours
A numeric value
Used to throttle request rate.
After 1 minute
At this point in time, we do not set marketing cookies.
What are your choices regarding cookies?
Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.