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Our Cookies

In this section you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit this website. and how to reject or delete those cookies. If you wish to read the Aberdeenshire Council Cookies Policy, this can be found on our Legal Notices page

How to control and delete Cookies

This website will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by the Aberdeenshire Council websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of this website.

Operational Cookies set by this website

Cookie Name Type of cookie Purpose
Google Analytics The Aberdeenshire Council website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of our website and compiles reports for us on which areas and online services of this website are the most popular. This allows us to improve the online services that we provide to you.


Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the News App, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How to reject or delete this cookie http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html
_utma
Persistent Keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site pertaining to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.
_utmb
Persistent Records moment in time when a visitor enters a site and expires at the end of the session.
_utmc
Session Records moment in time when a visitor leaves a site and expires after 30 minutes.
  _utmz Persistent Keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what keyword was used.
Payment Cookie   ASP.NET_SessionId This cookie is used for remembering state
between pages. It will be abandoned after the end of the session and has a maximum lifetime of 30 mins.


Cookies set by Third Party sites

To support our website, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube, Picassa and Flickr. We also embed other website services such as our Libraries Catalogue, Sports Booking Facilities and our Payment Gateway. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. Aberdeenshire Council does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Libraries Catalogue

Our libraries catalogue is provided by Capita plc websites. The cookies used by Capita are:

 

Cookie Name Purpose
Session Providing core application functionality to the end user. This session cookie falls into the exception section of the directive.
__utma, __umtb, __utmc, __utmz Google Analytics cookies used to measure how the web application is used in order to improve application performance and usability.

Civica e-Payments

Our e-Payments provider (Civica) requires the following cookies to be set. These are cookies are essential for the operation of the e-Payments service.

Civica cookies
 Name  Type of cookie
Website 
Duration cookie stored 
Purpose 
 ASP.NET_SessionID Session 
civicaepay.co.uk 
At the end of the session
Identifies the browsing session to the server. The cookie holds a random generated string and contains no personal information. 
 TS1dc04e Session civicaepay.co.uk 
At the end of the session 
Identifies the browsing session to the server. The cookie holds a random generated string and contains no personal information. 

YouTube Cookies

Aberdeenshire.gov.uk uses embedded videos from Youtube using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode set cookies only when the video is played.

YouTube cookies
 Name Type of cookie 
Website 
Duration cookie stored 
Purpose 
use_hitbox Session
youtube.com
At the end of the session 
 To find out more about the cookies set by YouTube.com seehttp://www.youtube.com/t/privacy
VISITOR_INFO_LIVE 
Per 
youtube.com

recently_watched_video_id_list
Session 
youtube.com
At the end of the session 
PREF  Persistent youtube.com

 

'Share This' Sharing Tools

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that our website now carries embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share content, news and onine services with their friends through a number of popular social networks. Although we have altered the code so that a cookie is not set by simply opening one of our webpages, please be aware that these sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. Aberdeenshire Council does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Site Usage & Statistics

Latest Google Analytics StatsWebsite Usage

The above website usage statistics are published monthly as pdf documents from Google Analytics. These show the number of visitors to www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk and the number of pages viewed on the site in the last month.

Availability

The availability of www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk is monitored by Rackspace.co.uk. As of April 2012, our availability is 100.00%.

Further Information

If you have any questions regarding the workings of this site please email your enquiry to webmaster@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.