What cookies are
Cookies are small text files that the new Scottish Parliament website puts on your computer. They help this website work.
Cookies collect information about how you use this site so we can make sure it meets your needs. They do not collect information that could be used to identify you personally.
How cookies work
Cookies store information on the device you’re using. This information is sent back to that website each time you visit.
Sometimes this information is essential if you want to use a website's functions. For example, if you need to log in, a cookie will allow the website to recognise your log-in details.
Cookies can also be used to build a profile of your activity on a website. This includes which pages you visit and how long you spend on each page.
A website may use this information to tailor the pages you see on future visits.
Managing or deleting cookies
All recent versions of popular browsers, like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, allow you to control cookies.
You can set your browser to:
• accept all cookies
• reject all cookies
• accept or reject only certain cookies
For example, you might be happy to accept a cookie that allows you to log in to a website, but want to reject ones which are used to build a profile of how you use the internet.
You should also be able to set your browser to prompt you each time a cookie is offered.
Visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website to find out how to control or delete cookies.
We use Google Analytics (GA) to collect information about how you use our website. GA is a tool that produces detailed statistics about website activity. It helps us improve the website’s performance.
The cookies we use
|Name||What it does||When it expires|
|SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE||It tracks your multiple visits to beta.parliament.scot in a year.||10 years|
|ASP.Net_SessionId||It helps with the process of 'caching' (putting data in a temporary storage area) certain things to make the website work better for you. For example, if you change the page to high contrast, it’ll keep that setting until you close your browser.||It stores your session temporarily until you close your browser down.|