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Cookies Policy

The Community Councils website puts small files known as ‘cookies’ onto your computer. This policy explains what cookies we use and their purpose. It also gives you some information on how to reject and remove cookies.

 

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a user’s computer and stored there. They can be used for a range of purposes, such as tailoring a website for a particular user, storing user preferences and login information, and improving the website experience.

 

You can find out more about cookies at www.whatarecookies.com

 

Essential and non-essential cookies

Cookies can be categorised as essential or non-essential.

 

Essential cookies - these cookies are necessary to provide an online service (i.e. this website) which you have requested. The website will not function properly without them.

 

Non-essential cookies – these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential. They’re often used to analyse how websites are used or to set preferences.

 

Session and persistent cookies

Cookies are classed as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.

 

Session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.

 

Persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser.

 

First and third party cookies

First party cookies are cookies placed on your device by our website domain (communitycouncils.scot).

 

Third party cookies are cookies placed on your device by other website domains.

 

Cookies used on our website

The following cookies are used on our website.

 

Necessary

Name of cookie Provider Purpose Expiry Type
ASP.NET_SessionId communitycouncils.scot Preserves the visitor’s session state across page requests Session HTTP
__cfduid embedly.com Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic. 1 year HTTP
cc_cookie_accept communitycouncils.scot Stores a user’s cookie consent for the current domain 1 year HTTP
cc_cookie_decline communitycouncils.scot Stores a user’s cookie consent for the current domain Session HTTP

Preferences

Name of cookie Provider Purpose Expiry Type
lang cdn.syndication.twimg.com Used to remember the user's selected language version of a website Session HTTP
visitorDeviceClass communitycouncils.scot Identifies what device a user is using (phone/tablet/desktop) in order to display the correct site layout Session HTTP

Statistics

Name of cookie Provider Purpose Expiry Type
_ga communitycouncils.scot Google Analytics cookie used to register a unique ID to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website 2 years HTTP
_ga wakelet.com Google Analytics cookie used to register a unique ID to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website 2 years HTTP
_gat communitycouncils.scot Google Analytics cookie used to throttle the number of requests received by users Session HTTP
_gat wakelet.com Google Analytics cookie used to throttle the number of requests received by users Session HTTP
_gid communitycouncils.scot Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users on a website to generate statistical information about their use of the website Session HTTP
_gid wakelet.com Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users on a website to generate statistical information about their use of the website Session HTTP
p.gif typekit.net Used to collect data on the fonts being served to the website (we used custom fonts from Typekit and this allows them to check we are properly licensed). Session Pixel
ANONID improvementservice.org.uk Identifies visit sessions and is used to aggregate page usages. 1 year HTTP
ANONID_FS improvementservice.org.uk Holds the creation date of the ANONID cookie 1 year HTTP
VISID1747090 improvementservice.org.uk Identifies visit sessions and is used to aggregate page usages Session HTTP

Marketing

Name of cookie Provider Purpose Expiry Type
collect google-analytics.com Used to log information about a visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels. Session Pixel
CONSENT google.com Unclassified 7163 days HTTP
em_cdn_uid embed.wakelet.com Measures the number of times an embedded element from a third party service has been used. 1 year HTTP
i/jot twitter.com Unclassified Session Pixel
i/jot/syndication twitter.com Unclassified Session Pixel
r/collect doubleclick.net Collects data to measure efficiency of viewed or clicked ads and shows targeted ads Session Pixel

How to accept or reject cookies

There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies and similar technologies.

 

When you first visit our website, you will receive a cookie notification message. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. If you decline cookies, only the cookies essential for the operation of the site will be downloaded.

 

Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies or customise your settings for cookies. To find out how to do that, see the Help settings on your browser. Please note that if you turn off cookies or change your settings, some features may not work correctly.

 

We use Google Analytics software to collect data about how you use our website. If you don’t want Google Analytics to collect data about your site use, you can install the Google Analytics browser add-on.

 

Some browsers allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘private’ or ‘incognito’ mode. This limits the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deletes any persistent cookies when you finish your browsing session.

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