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Details about cookies on National Services Scotland

This site places small files, known as 'cookies', onto your computer to collect information about how you browse.

These cookies aren't used to identify you personally.

Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use this site. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting your needs and to help us make improvements.

We store information about:

  • the pages you visit and how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to this site
  • what you click on while you're visiting this site

Any information on site usage is received in a way that we can't identify individuals. For example, we never receive your name or address.

We don't make any attempt to find out the identities of people visiting this site and we don't allow Google to do this either.

All information we get through cookies and analytics will be treated in confidence. We’ll never sell, trade or give your details to third parties, unless we're required to do it by law.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies.

Name Purpose Expires
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_gid Used to count how many people visit this site by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat Used to throttle request rate 1 minute

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Name Purpose Expires
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cookies_policy Saves your cookie consent settings 1 year
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