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What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a small text file that is placed on an internet user's computer or mobile phone when you first visit a website or page. Cookies are typically made up of letters and numbers and are stored on your computer by your internet browser which are then sent back to the originating website which recognises the cookie.

Why do we use cookies?

Like most websites Study in Scotland uses cookies to make your visit to our website easier and to improve the quality of your user experience: by enabling cookies, user's preferences, information and general statistics can be stored.

These statistics are things such as how many people have visited our website, what type of browser/technology they are using, as well as how long they spent on our site. These cookies help us to continuously measure and improve the performance of our website, and ultimately the user experience.

Are cookies dangerous?

No, is the simple answer. Cookies cannot be used to circulate viruses, and they cannot access your computer's hard drive, although they are stored on the hard drive. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.

Why do people reject cookies if they are safe?

A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a member of: however users may often discover cookies from websites that they have not visited in their computer. Cookies like these are usually used by companies that use internet advertising for other websites.

It may be possible that the user's information can be passed to third parties without the user's knowledge through cookies like these. This is the main reason for people disallowing cookies. Please note that at Universities Scotland we do not use cookies to collect or pass any personally identifiable or sensitive information to advertisers or third parties.

How do I disable cookies on the Study in Scotland website?

Some parts of our website rely on the activation of cookies to work, so disabling them may affect your user experience of the site. If you would prefer to opt out you have the ability to turn these on or off using the cookie control on the bottom left corner of the screen.

If you are looking for more information on cookies, please see our further reading section at the bottom of this page.

What cookies does Study in Scotland use?

We have detailed below all of the cookies which we currently use on our site and why.

Cookies

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Google Analytics

 

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These cookies determine the number of unique visitors to the GSA website using Google Analytics, they help to record the length of the individual sessions and navigation throughout the site. More information about Google Analytics cookies can be found here.

Youtube

 

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Youtube cookies determine which version of the homepage you use as well as storing user preferences and information when viewing the page. Further information on Youtube cookies can be found here.

Addthis.com

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Addthis cookies allow users to share content via Social Networking websites and email. Addthis provides analytics to help website owners understand their visitors, but they do not have access to personally identifiable information. More information on Addthis cookies can be found here.

Facebook

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These cookies, provided by Facebook, are set when a visitor is logged in to or otherwise using their service. This allows a user to easily comment or share an article with their peers through the social network. More information on Facebook's cookies can be found here.

Twitter

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Twitter uses these cookies in conjunction with social plug-ins to allow users to follow Twitter accounts easily, share content and to display latest tweets. More information on Twitter's use of cookies can be found here.

Universities Scotland

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These cookies are used to recognise a user's screen resolution, meaning that the Universities Scotland site can continually perform well no matter what size screen you are using.

 

Further information about cookies

Useful information about cookies can be found at:

http//www.allaboutcookies.org

A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the Internet Advertising Industry which can be found at:

http://www.youronlinechoices.eu

Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section:

http://www.international-chamber.co.uk/our-expertise/digitaleconomy