Cookie Policy

1. Cookies and website traffic

This cookies policy applies to our website at (the website). Any reference to we or us in this cookies policy means the Scottish Government.

When users enter the website you will normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to our servers. The website then creates 'session' cookies to store some of the preferences of users moving around the website, e.g. retaining a text-only preference.

Some cookies are classed as strictly necessary as the website won’t work without them. They are essential to allow you to navigate our site and to make sure the core processes work. Others are classed as performance cookies and collect information in aggregate about how visitors use our site.

Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used.

Many websites use cookies to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.

The website uses cookies to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development. For this purpose, the programme uses web analytics to measure and analyse usage of the website. The information collected by us will include IP Address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally.

Most modern web browsers allow users to control cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit or

2. Cookies used on our website

The table below provides information about the cookies on our site as at 17 August 2020. The cookies used on our site may change from time to time and you can find information about the cookies on our website at any time by using a free cookie checker tool, such as





To optimize ad relevance by collecting visitor data from multiple websites such as what pages have been loaded.

1 year



This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.

2 years



This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.

1 day



This cookie is installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.

1 minute


Log files stored on our web server allow the recording and analysis of users' use of the website. Log files do not contain any personal information.