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Cookies and Privacy policy

This page applies to the main Air Quality in Scotland website and any sub-site. You can jump to the following sections on this page:

  1. Privacy Policy
  2. Introduction to cookies
  3. Cookies used on this website
  4. How to control and delete cookies

1. Privacy Policy

This privacy policy information covers the Air Quality in Scotland website and apps. We take privacy very seriously and only use data collected for the purpose described.

If you register to recieve Know & Respond alerts from the website, there is a Terms & Conditions page which you may also be interested in. For app users, the Know & Respond service only stores the individual device ID and selected regions you choose to recieve alerts for. If you turn-off alerts, this information is not stored by the system.

If you choose to have data emailed to you from the Data Selector page, the information you provide is only used for the purposes of delivering the requested data to you.

This privacy policy is subject to change as the website develops, so please check back on this page from time-to-time.

2. Introduction to cookies

In order to help provide the information on this website accessible and easy to use, small amounts of information may be placed on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

The information is used to improve the website and is collected by measuring how many people are using services so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article Internet Browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them.

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit the About Cookies website.

3. Cookies used on this website

General website

A cookie is set which records whether the cookie notification banner has already been seen.

Name Typical Content Expires
has_seen_banner
True or false
6 months

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

This website uses Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it's meeting its users' needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Typical Content Expires
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Helping you login to Forum

Cookies are used to help you log into this website and ensure it remains secure. The following cookies may be used:

Name Typical Content Expires
PHPSESSID randomly generated text allowing management of your logged in session When you close your browser, or your browser session ends
wordpress_test_cookie WP+Cookie+check When you close your browser, or your browser session ends
wordpress_logged_in_xxxxxxxxxx randomly generated text allowing management of your logged in session When you close your browser, or your browser session ends

Helping you login to Know & Respond

Cookies are used to help you log into this website and ensure it remains secure. The following cookies may be used:

Name Typical Content Expires
PHPSESSID randomly generated text allowing management of your logged in session When you close your browser, or your browser session ends
_alert randomly generated text 1 month

Air Pollution Detectives Quiz

The following cookies may also be used to help track your progress through the quiz:

Name Typical Content Expires
PHPSESSID randomly generated text allowing management of your logged in session When you close your browser, or your browser session ends

4. How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.