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Use of 'Cookies' on the West Lothian Council Website

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.

Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The cookies that we use do not record any personal information- they only tell us your computer's IP Address and where you are in the country.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Third Party Cookies

Our site has a number of pages with embedded videos or other content from third parties. Cookies placed on your computer or mobile device from a third parties are not related to westlothian.gov.uk

The table below explains the cookies we use and why:

CookieNamePurpose
Session CookieJSESSIONIDThis is a general purpose cookie; it stores information about the current user session on your computer. It allows you to navigate from page to page whilst remembering where you have been.  It is needed for the web site to function correctly. It contains no personal information and is deleted when you close your browser.
Google Analytics_utma
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These cookies are 'performance' cookies used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile statistical reports and to help us improve the site.
The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

No personal data is collected.

Information about these cookies and how to reject or delete them:

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you visit.

Add This (addthis.com)

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dt
loc
uid
uit
uvc 

AddThis cookies are 'Third Party' cookies that help serve social media buttons, they never
store personal information unless provided and this is non-personally identifiable information.

The __atuvc cookie is used to show you the updated count if you share a page. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.

di and dt determine the expiry dates of other Addthis cookies.

loc determines the geolocation of where content has been shared from.

uid, uit and uvc are cookies used to log user id and when content is shared.

SOCITM (all Session Cookies)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

socitm_include_me

socitm_exclude_me

socitm_exclude_alt

ASP.NET_SessionID

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Socitm Insight is a research company which provides the council with visitor analysis and statistical services for our web site.  These are third-party cookies because they do not originate from our web site.  The data collected informs Socitm Insight about visitors' perceptions of our website.  Information cannot be tracked back to a specific individual.

This service uses cookies to determine whether a customer has participated in the survey on a subscriber's website or has rejected taking part. It uses this information to prevent the same customer using the same user account on the same computer from being asked to participate in the survey again during the current survey year. The cookies are deposited from the subscriber's domain and are set to expire one year after placement.

Customer accepted the survey & is in the process of completing or has completed it

Customer rejected survey & will not be invited to participate until cookie expires

Customer should be excluded from an alternate survey

Used to track your progression through the survey

Keep a record of the font size selection

Change cookie settings for this website

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit allaboutcookies.org.

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you visit.