Cookies on eastlothian.gov.uk
This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help customise your experience.
This page contains information on what 'cookies' are, the cookies used by eastlothian.gov.uk, how to switch cookies off in your browser, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.
What are 'cookies'?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on eastlothian.gov.uk may generate the following types of cookie:
- Anonymous analytics cookies
- Accessibility settings
Anonymous analytics cookies:
Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie.
These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before.
Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones.
This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only.
Read the Google Analytics privacy statement
These cookies are used to store website visitor accessibility settings (colour, font, font size and spacing).
No personal information is stored in these cookies.
This cookie is used to test the ability to set cookies in the browser.
No personal information is stored in this cookie.
Third party cookies
On some pages of eastlothian.gov.uk, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by eastlothian.gov.uk.
For example, when you share a page using a social media sharing button, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful: