Privacy

The Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. We do not pass on your details to any third party or government department unless you give us permission to do so.

What information do we collect?

We collect two kinds of information from visitors to scotland.org: subscribe to scotland.org for updates, and site usage information, from session cookies and log files.

Subscribe to updates

You can subscribe to updates to the scotland.org website. The information you supply will be stored on backup tapes to avoid loss of data, but will only be used for notifying you periodically of updates to the website. This information will be held for the lifetime of the website, or until you decide to unsubscribe and will not be shared with any other party.

Cookie information

Cookies are very small files that are stored on your computer when you visit most websites. They are sent back and forth between the website’s server and your Internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you’ve made.

We use cookies and other local storage means to help improve the performance of this website by measuring web traffic and tracking user journeys. We also use a security cookie to identify our website’s developers. Most of these only contain randomly generated numbers, and cookies cannot carry viruses or install malware on your computer.

Cookies set by this website:

Google Analytics

Cookies: _utma; _utmb; _utmc; _utmz
Expiry: 2 years; 30 minutes; when you quit your browser; 6 months (respectively)
Purpose: These cookies collect information about how our visitors use this site. This data is collected anonymously, and is used to help improve this website’s functionality. For more information, see Google Analytic’s page on safeguarding your data.

Expression Engine

Expression engine is the software that this website is built on. It sets the following cookies:

exp_tracker
End of session. Contains the last 5 pages viewed. Typically used for form or error message returns.

exp_last_visit
1 year. Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by the forum to show unread topics for both members and guests.

exp_last_activity
1 year. Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.

cookies_allowed
1 year. Indicates whether the user has given consent for cookies to be set.

Managing cookies

Most Internet browsers allow users to control the acceptance of cookies via the browser’s settings. Visit allaboutcookies.org to find out how to configure these settings on a number of major browsers.

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.

Site usage information

Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. Ednet puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to inform changes to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information.

External links

The Scottish Government is not responsible for the content of external internet sites linked to from scotland.org.

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.