VisitScotland's use of cookies

Cookies are small text files which are delivered onto your computer by websites that you visit. Our use of cookies is integral to both the current visitor experience and how we shape and grow our web-based services in the future.

VisitScotland's use of cookies is governed by our Privacy Policy (which forms part of our website Terms of Use).

Cookie types

When visiting VisitScotland’s websites you may have the following cookies placed on your computer:

Session cookie

This cookie lasts for the duration of your visit. It is destroyed when you close the browser or navigate away from the VisitScotland site you are browsing.

Session tracking cookie

These cookies are set on your first visit to any of the VisitScotland websites. They last longer than the duration of your stay and are used to help us understand which parts of our sites are regularly visited and how we can improve the service we deliver.

Visit tracking cookie

These cookies are used by VisitScotland to track repeat visitors to our sites. We do this so we can build up a picture of how visitors use our sites and how best to improve our service. These also allow us understand if visitors have booked accommodation through one of our sites.

Cookies we use

The following table lists the cookies we use on the main VisitScotland website (http://www.visitscotland.com) and all its subdomains. Other cookies are used on a number of our other websites including VisitScotland.org and all its subdomains, marketingopps.visitscotland.com, visitscotland.briefyourmarket.com and www.visitscotlandannualreview.com.

Cookie Name Purpose
First party cookies    
User session
JSESSIONID These cookies manage your user session on the VisitScotland website. They make it easier for you to use the dynamic features of the site, for example accommodation search, without having to provide the same information again as you move from one page to another. They are essential to the functionality of the website and expire when you close your browser.
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ASPSESSIONID
Load balancing NMWEBAffinity These cookies are responsible for distributing website traffic across a number of servers to ensure speedy delivery of content to your browser.
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Maps MapDisplay These cookies are set on the "Things to see and do" and "Explore Scotland" pages on the Surprise Yourself website. They store map coordinates and allow you to toggle map visibility.
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VSHomePageProductTab VSHomePageProductTab This cookie rotates content in the "Things to see and do" panel on the Surprise Yourself homepage. It allows us to show you new ideas each time you visit the page.
Kiss Insights ki_r Kiss Insights is a small interactive widget that sometimes appears in the lower–right corner of your screen. It allows us to survey our visitors with simple questions to gain insight into their experience on our site. Kiss Insights cookies are used to ensure you do not receive multiple questions or surveys.

Kiss Insights privacy policy:
http://www.kissinsights.com/privacy
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Google Analytics __utma These cookies are used to collect analytical information about how visitors use our site. All web traffic and usage information is collected in an aggregate and anonymous form. VisitScotland use this information for analytical purposes to evaluate the performance of their marketing campaigns, to compile reports and to make improvements to website content and user experience.

Google privacy information:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing a browser plug-in from http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en 
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WebTrends WT_FPC Webtrends cookies collect aggregate information about how visitors use our website, for example, the number of visits, the most popular pages, the percentage of return visitors, etc. VisitScotland use this information for analytical purposes to evaluate the performance of marketing campaigns and to make improvements to website content and user experience.

Webtrends privacy policy: http://webtrends.com/privacy-policy/
ACOOKIE
WEBTRENDS_ID
ClickTale WRUID In order to provide better content and service, VisitScotland use ClickTale heat mapping software to help understand how users browse the website and which areas of the page attract attention. This cookie stores an ID relating to your visit.

ClickTale privacy policy:
http://www.clicktale.com/privacy_service.aspx

You can opt-out of ClikTale tracking here: http://www.clicktale.net/disable.html
ShareThis __unam This cookie is set by the ShareThis social sharing widget. It allows ShareThis to count the number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share. This cookie is used for analytical purposes and it doesn't link to personal information. Even though it is a first party cookie, VisitScotland have no control over it.

ShareThis privacy policy and tracking opt-out:
http://sharethis.com/privacy
Third party cookies    
User session
ASPSESSIONID These cookies identify you as a user in between pageviews and make it easier for you to use the dynamic features of the site without having to provide the same information again as you move from one page to another. The ASPSESSIONID cookie is set by our CMS supplier on the search results and booking pages. The JSESSIONID cookie is set on the accommodation details page by the Traveline widget to allow you to search for public transport links from within the VisitScotland website. Session cookies expire when you close your browser.
JSESSIONID
TripAdvisor BEPIN These cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget on accommodation details pages. The majority of these cookies are set if you are logged into your TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purpose, although they may be used for personalisation of your experience on the TripAdvisor website.
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TACds
TAReturnTo
TASession
TATravelInfo
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FacebookAuthCode
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TASubscriber
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Google search
(surprise.visitscotland.com)
APISID We use Google's search engine to provide site search facility on the Surprise Yourself website. These cookies are set by Google to maintain your search preferences between sessions and offer other search features. The majority of Google cookies are set if you are logged into your Google account.

Google privacy information:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ 
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PREF
SSID
SID
SAPISID
Google Plus APISID These cookies are set by the Google +1 sharing button. They allow you to share content on the VisitScotland website with your contacts on the Google Plus network. The majority of these cookies are set if you are logged into your Google account.

Google privacy policy:
https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/
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PREF
SAPISID
SID
SSID
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Facebook act If you have a Facebook account, these cookies will allow you to share content on the VisitScotland site with your Facebook contacts. You will be also able to tell if you or your Facebook friends 'Liked' any content on the VisitScotland site in the past. The cookies will also send some non personal data to Facebook to gather aggregate information on how people interact with websites that use the Like button.

Facebook do not use the information they receive to create a profile of your browsing behaviour or to show you targeted ads, although they may use anonymous or aggregate data to improve ads generally. Facebook delete or anonymise the information they receive within 90 days and don't sell it to advertisers or share it without your permission.
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ShareThis __stid ShareThis buttons make it easy for you to share content with your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social websites. These cookies are used to identify you and your sharing behavior. Currently, ShareThis will not use collected information to serve you interest-based ads if you are based outside of the United States.

ShareThis privacy policy and tracking opt-out:
http://sharethis.com/privacy
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Twitter __utma These cookies are set by the Twitter plugin on the VisitScotland homepage. The majority of Twitter cookies are set if you are logged into your Twitter account. Twitter use collected information for analytical purposes and to tailor content based on your interests, for example they will suggest who you should follow on Twitter. Tailored content is stored with only the browser cookie ID and is separated from other Twitter widget data such as page-visit information. After a maximum of 10 days, Twitter start the process of deleting or aggregating Widget Data, which is usually instantaneous but in some cases may take up to a week.

Twitter privacy policy:
https://twitter.com/privacy

Content personalisation information and opt-out:
http://support.twitter.com/articles/20169421
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auth_token_session
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Flickr BX These cookies are set on pages with the Flickr widget. They can be attributed to both Flickr and Yahoo! (who own Flickr). The BX and B cookies are set for all users, the remaining cookies are set if you are logged into your Flickr account. Yahoo! may use collected information to serve you ads based on your websurfing activity and interests.

Yahoo! cookie information:
http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/uk/yahoo/cookies/

Opt-out of interest-based advertising:
http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/uk/yahoo/opt_out/targeting/details.html
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Doubleclick id DoubleClick tags are used to measure the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns for VisitScotland and to offer interest-based advertising to our visitors on third party websites. DoubleClick cookie information will not be used in conjunction with any personal information from other Google services unless you have opted-in and provided consent.

Google privacy policy:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy/privacy-policy.html

Google advertising cookie opt-out plug-in: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin/
Microsoft Atlas Solutions AA002 These cookies are used by Microsoft's advertising platform, Atlas Solutions, for campaign performance tracking.

Atlas Solutions privacy policy:
http://atlassolutions.com/privacy.aspx
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Flash cookies    
Flash video   Flash cookies (also known as Local Shared Objects) may be stored on your computer when you have Adobe Flash installed and view Flash media, such as videos embedded using YouTube or Flowplayer. Flash Cookies are stored on your computer much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them using a browser.

Adobe's website offers a tool to control Flash cookies, http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html