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Site usage - cookies and website traffic analysis


Site usage - cookies and website traffic analysis
When users enter the Historic Scotland website their computers will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to Historic Scotland’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.

Cookies enhance our website performance in a number of ways including providing a secure way for us to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development.

The following table states the name and purpose of each of the cookies that are used across the Historic Scotland’s web properties. We have also provided a link to more detailed information where possible.

Provider & NamePurposeMore InformationWebsite(s)
Google Analytics
__utm()
Used by Google Analytics to track the sites users. This data is sent to google which then has reports that the site user can access about user's browsing habits. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.google.co.ukhistoric-scotland.gov.uk & all sites
Google Map
PREF=ID
Google maps cookie to track maps usage. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.google.co.ukhistoric-scotland.gov.uk & all sites
Google Maps
NID=
Google maps cookie to track maps usage. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.google.co.ukhistoric-scotland.gov.uk & all sites
Persistent Slider
fcspersistslider()
JavaScript image slider for dynamic rotating content feature on homepage. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.Custom code - not availablehistoric-scotland.gov.uk
Traveline Scotland
JSESSIONID
Journey planning form travelinescotland. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.travelinescotland.comhistoric-scotland.gov.uk
Traveline Scotland
localeCookie
Journey planning form travelinescotland. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.travelinescotland.comhistoric-scotland.gov.uk
Custom Shopping
Cart - THISSESSION=
Supports the shopping cart feature of the e-commerce functionality. Necessary for the provision of this service.Custom code - not availablehistoric-scotland.gov.uk
Custom Shopping Cart
ip=
Stores the user's IP address. Supports the e-commerce functionality. Necessary for the provision of this service.Custom code - not availablehistoric-scotland.gov.uk
Microsoft Server Side Session Cookie
ASP.NET_SessionId=
Session cookie for the grants application. Necessary for the provision of this service.support.microsoft.comhistoric-scotland.gov.uk
Notes Cookie
notes=
Cookie to store user notes on the planning itinerary page. Necessary for the provision of this service.Custom code - not availableedinburghcastle.gov.uk
High Visibilty Accessibility Cookie
accessibility-visual=
Cookie to store user choice of visual accessibility. Necessary for the provision of this service.Custom code - not availableedinburghcastle.gov.uk
Ad Tracking Cookie
AA002=
Anonymous cookies to track effectiveness of ads. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.atlassolutions.comedinburghcastle.gov.uk
Add This Social Bookmarking
uit=
Addthis API for social bookmarking functionality. Necessary for the provision of this service.addthis.comscottishten.org & edinburghcastle.gov.uk
eCommerce shopping cart functionality
ASP.NET_SessionId
Session cookie for shopping cart and eCommerce functionality. Necessary for the provision of this service.support.microsoft.commembers.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Microsoft Server Side Session Cookie
VisitorGuid
Session cookie for the Membership website. Necessary for the provision of this service.support.microsoft.commembers.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Microsoft Server Side Session Cookie
.ASPXAUTH
Session cookie for the Membership website. Necessary for the provision of this service.support.microsoft.commembers.historic-scotland.gov.uk
eCommerce shopping cart functionality
ShoppingCartCookieID
Session cookie for the Membership shopping cart functionality. Necessary for the provision of this service.support.microsoft.commembers.historic-scotland.gov.uk
eCommerce shopping cart functionality
SalesOrderID()
Session cookie for the Membership shopping cart functionality. Necessary for the provision of this service.support.microsoft.commembers.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Oracle
WWV_PUBLIC_SESSION_()
Session cookie for the Data website. Necessary for the provision of this service.www.oracle.comdata.historic-scotland.gov.uk
eCommerce shopping cart functionality
GTSASP.NET_SessionId
Session cookie for shopping cart and eCommerce functionality. Necessary for the provision of this service.support.microsoft.comtickets.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Ad Tracking Cookie
id
Anonymous cookies to track effectiveness of ads. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.www.doubleclick.nettickets.historic-scotland.gov.ukmembers.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Ad Tracking Cookie
ANON_ID
Anonymous cookies to track effectiveness of ads. Helpful non-intrusive cookie.www.tribalfusion.comtickets.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Users have the opportunity to set their computers 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.

For this purpose, the Historic Scotland uses a web traffic analysis package to measure and analyse usage of the website to help us improve our service to you. The information collected by Historic Scotland will include IP address, pages visited, browser type and operating system.

Log files
We store log files on our web server to allow the recording and analysis of users' use of the website. Log files do not contain any personal information.

We will take all reasonable care, in so far as it is in our power to do so, to keep the details of your order and payment secure, but in the absence of negligence on our part we cannot be held liable for any loss you may suffer if a third party procures unauthorised access to any data you provide when accessing or ordering from this website.