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1. Information about our use of cookies

1.1. This policy explains how we use cookies on our website https://thepromise.scot (our “Website”). We recommend that you read our cookies policy so that you are aware of how we use them and can take steps to reject or delete the cookies if you do not agree to them being used.

1.2. Cookies are small text files stored on your device and used by website operators in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the operators of the website or certain third parties. Each cookie usually contains a unique string of characters, which allows a website to distinguish your browser or device from other users. In this cookies policy, we also use the term "cookie" to mean a cookie any other similar technology, such as web beacons, local stored objects, and pixel tags.

1.3. We use cookies to enable you to navigate between pages on our Website and to generally improve your user experience. We also use cookies to analyse how users interact with this Website, and to allow users to play embedded video content. We also sometimes use cookie type technologies in emails to identify how users come to this Website so that we can evaluate and measure the effectiveness of our email marketing.

1.4. We may combine information collected via cookies with information such as your anonymised IP address, the type of browser, device and operating system, for example to provide statistical information about visitors to the Website. Where this Website uses third party cookies, you should check with the relevant third party to see how they use cookies (see section 2 below).

1.5. The cookies that we currently use on the Website are summarised in more detail below. We recommend that you read this so that you are aware of how we use them and can take steps to reject or delete the cookies if you do not agree to them being used.

2. Cookies we use

2.1. We use a variety of different cookies on our Website. Each cookie is initially categorised as a session or persistent cookie:

  • 2.1.1 Session cookies: These cookies expire at the end of a browser session. They allow the Website to recognise and link the actions you take during an individual browsing session.
  • 2.1.2 Persistent cookies: These cookies are stored for longer after you exit your browser. They are stored on your device in-between browser sessions, allowing your preferences and past actions on the Website to be remembered.

2.2. Then, each cookie is classified as either a first party or third party cookie:

  • 2.2.1 First party cookies: These are cookies directly set on the Website. They include cookies used by our analytics provider, Mamoto, which are set directly on the Website and whose data is owned by The Promise Scotland.
  • 2.2.2 Third party cookies: These are cookies set by a third party domain – for example, the provider of a social media plug-in enabling you to share content on through that social media platform.

2.3. In the table below in section 5, we tell you the profile of the different cookies we have on the Website.

3. Consent to the use of cookies

3.1. Some types of cookies require us to get your consent before we can set the cookie. If a cookie is not 'strictly necessary' to the functioning of the Website, then we will get your consent. Cookies that are strictly necessary and essential to the operation of the Website will be set automatically. The cookie overview below sets out if consent is required. You can control your consent using the cookie control on the Website.

3.2. We may also remind you periodically about our use of cookies and ask you to reconfirm your consent to cookies when you register for certain services or activate a certain function on the Website that relies on the use of cookies.

3.3. We use Matomo on our Website to help us understand how it is used. Cookies used by Matomo are set directly by The Promise Scotland, and The Promise Scotland retains control of the data they obtain. Because of this, they are considered first party cookies.

3.4. Unless you use the cookie control to opt-out, analytics cookies Matomo uses will be set automatically upon closing clicking "save and close" in the cookie control.

Cookies Overview

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below: 

Consent Management

Purpose and type: HTTP cookie. Remembers the cookie preferences of a user, so they don’t have to opt into or out of a service each time they log in.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Cookie ID

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? Yes

Lifespan: 365 days

PHPSESSID

Purpose and type: HTTP cookie. This cookie is set so the website knows if a user is the same user as they go from one page to another. Without it, there would be no way to do this.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Cookie ID

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Session cookie

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? Yes

Lifespan: Expires at end of session

Yt-Player-Bandwidth

Purpose and type: HTML Storage Key. Helps YouTube calculate appropriate video quality given user device and network settings.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Cookie ID

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Session

First or third party? Third Party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: Expires at end of session

More information: Set by Alphabet

Yt-Player-Headers-Readable

Purpose and type: HTML Storage Key. Helps YouTube calculate appropriate video quality given user device and network settings.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Unclear

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? Third party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: 17 days

More information: Set by Alphabet

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Purpose and type: HTTP Cookie. Helps YouTube estimate bandwidth available to serve videos, but unclear if it goes further in terms of storing user preferences.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Unclear

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? Third party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: 6 months

More information: Set by Alphabet

YSC

Purpose and type: HTML. Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Unclear

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Session

First or third party? Third Party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: Expires at end of session

More information: Set by Alphabet.

yt-remote-device-id

Purpose and type: HTML. Stores user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Unclear

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Session

First or third party? Third Party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: Expires at end of session

More information: Set by Alphabet

yt-remote-connected-devices

Purpose and type: HTML. Stores user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Unclear

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? Third party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: Forever

More information: Set by Alphabet.

MATOMO_SESSID

Purpose and type: HTTP Cookie. Temporary cookie created when a user opts-out of tracking using cookies.

Linked to personal data? No

Data the cookie processes: None

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? Yes

Lifespan: 14 Days

mtm_consent

Purpose and type: HTTP Cookie. Set when a user consents to being tracked.

Linked to personal data? No

Data the cookie processes: Whether a user has consented to being tracked by analytic software.

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? Yes

Lifespan: 30 years.

mtm_consent_removed

Purpose and type: HTTP cookie. Set when a user removes consent to being tracked.

Linked to personal data? No

Data the cookie processes: Whether a user has consented to being tracked by analytic software

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? Yes

Lifespan: 30 years

_pk_testcookie

Purpose and type: HTTP cookie. Only used to check if a visitor's browser supports cookies. This cookie is created without any identifier, then directly deleted.

Linked to personal data? No

Data the cookie processes: No personal data

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Session

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? Yes

Lifespan: Instantly deleted

_pk_ref

Purpose and type: HTTP cookie. Used to store information about attribution. This shows the website a user was linked to this website from.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Attribution data

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: 6 months

_pk_id

Purpose and type: HTTP cookie. Used to store details about a visitor, such as their unique visitor ID.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Visitor ID, number of visits to site, length of visit

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent cookie

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: 13 months

_pk_ses

Purpose and type: HTTP cookie. Short-lived cookie which temporarily stores data for Matomo during a user visit.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Session ID

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Session

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? No

Lifespan: Deleted at end of session

mtm_cookie_consent

Purpose and type: HTML Cookie. Records that a user has consented to analytics cookies being set.

Linked to personal data? Yes

Data the cookie processes: Cookie ID

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent cookie

First or third party? First party

Strictly necessary? Yes

Lifespan: 30 years

matomo_ignore

Purpose and type: HTML cookie. This cookie is set when you opt out of being tracked by analytics on The Promise Scotland's website. It tells the analytics programme that it shouldn't track you.

Linked to personal data? No

Data the cookie processes: None

Session cookie or persistent cookie? Persistent

First or third party? Third party

Strictly necessary? Yes

Lifespan: 30 years