Cookies and website traffic analysis
When users enter the Scottish Veterans (recruitveterans.scot) website their computers will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to the Scottish Government's server. 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. Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used and they are deleted on departure from the website.
Many websites do this to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.
The information collected will include IP address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally. Users have the opportunity to choose to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.
The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why:
|We use browser local storage to remember a user's choice about cookies on our website. If you have previously indicated a preference, that will be stored in this item.||Essential – Strictly necessary cookie|
|Anonymous third-party cookies that allow the viewing of embedded Vimeo videos||Essential – Functional cookie|
|These third-party cookies are saved to your device to allow us to embed YouTube videos.||Essential – Functional cookie|
|Google Analytics (GA)||_ga
|We use Google Analytics which collects data about how visitors use the site. You cannot be identified from the data that is collected. We use this software to help us understand how the site is used, for example how people found the site, how many people visited particular pages and how long people stay on our site. This helps us to make sure the site is meeting people's needs and to inform improvements that we make.||Optional – Performance cookie|