Cookies are very small files that are stored on your computer when you visit most websites. They are sent back and forth between the website’s server and your Internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you’ve made.
What are cookies?
Cookies are very small files that are downloaded onto your computer when you visit a website, and are intended to make websites work as efficiently as they can.
Cookies are sent back and forth between that website’s server and the Internet Browser, allowing the website to carry out various tasks such as remembering your previous browsing behaviour, your preferences, and tracking the number of visitors to the website.
The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR), which are enforced by the ICO. You can read more about these regulations here
How do the cookie regulations affect me as the website user?
When visiting a website, you may be presented with the option to accept all cookies, or to select which ones you are comfortable keeping in place during your website visit.
The information provided should clearly outline how the cookies work and what they do, so you can make an informed decision on which – if any – cookies you consent to being set up on your computer.
It is a requirement to provide the option to control your cookies because they gather data information about you as a user.
How can I control and manage my cookies?
There are a few ways you can manage your cookies.
The options you are shown when you first visit a website should as a minimum allow you to:
- Allow all cookies
- Delete all cookies
- Manage all cookies.
Selecting this option usually means you will then be shown a list of the cookies in operation. The list will show which cookies are Required (eg they allow you to log in), and which can be deleted.
Which cookies are in use on the Road Safety Scotland website?
The following cookies are used on our website:
|_ga||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||2 years||HTTP|
|_gid||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||1 day||HTTP|
|_ga_||Used to persist session state.||2 years||HTTP|
|_gac_gb_||Contains campaign related information. If you have linked your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts, Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.||90 days||HTTP|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||YouTube||Tries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.||179 days||HTTP|
|YSC||YouTube||Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.||Session||HTTP|
|__cf_bm||Vimeo||To read and filter requests from bots.||30mins||HTTP|
If you have any questions about the cookies we have in place, please contact us in the following way:
- Emailing us at email@example.com
- Write to us at:
Road Safety Scotland
58 Port Dundas Road
Managing cookies in different browsers
The following links provide further information on how to manage cookies within your chosen browser:
- Microsoft Edge cookies
- Internet Explorer cookies
- Chrome cookies
- Firefox cookies
- Safari cookies – on mobile and desktops