Cookie policy

GlobalScot is a partnership between Scottish Enterprise & Scottish Development International. GlobalScot is managed by Scottish Enterprise (SE) and complies with SE policies.

This website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of this website. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

Cookies help Scottish Enterprise (“SE”, “us” or “we”) to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our website. We assume that you are happy to receive all the cookies that your browser settings allow. You can change your cookie settings at any time.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies - These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
  • Analytical / performance cookies - They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies - These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies - These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

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

Cookie name Purpose
Google Analytics
 __utma

Identifies website users for analytical purposes.

Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used:

  • Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 
  • Expires after 2 years.
__utmb

Identifies website users for analytical purposes.

Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used:

  • Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
  • Expires after 30minutes since the last update.
__utmc

Identifies website users for analytical purposes.

Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used:

  • Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the__utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
  • Expires when browser is closed.
 __utmz

Identifies website users for analytical purposes.

Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used:

  • Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
  • Expires after 6 months.
 
Azure webservices
ARRAffinity

This cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform. It is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session. The main purpose of this cookie is: Strictly Necessary

Expires: When the browsing session ends

ai_session

This cookie name is associated with the Microsoft Application Insights software, which collects statictical usage and telemetry information for apps built on the Azure cloud platform. This is a unique anonymous session identifier cookie. The main purpose of this cookie is: Performance

Expires: When the browsing session ends

ai_user

This cookie name is associated with the Microsoft Application Insights software, which collects statictical usage and telemetry information for apps built on the Azure cloud platform. This is a unique user identifier cookie enabling counting of the number of users accessing the application over time. The main purpose of this cookie is: Performance

Expires: 1 year from session start

 
Other cookies
.AspNet.Cookies

Used to uniquely identify a user accessing the website and allow the website to associate session information to that user.

Expires: When browser is closed

OpenIdConnect.nonce

GlobalScot uses the OAuth2 framework with OpenIdConnect to provide single sign on experience to users. The openidconnect.nonce cookie is used to validate that any requests originating from the website are genuine.

Expires: When browser is closed

Similarly, GlobalScot sometimes embeds photos and video content from websites such as YouTube and Flickr. 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. GlobalScot does not control the dissemination of these cookies. Again, you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

GlobalScot 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 GlobalScot website, or any third party websites, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the About cookies website, which contains comprehensive information about cookies and how to restrict or delete cookies on a wide variety of browsers.

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

GlobalScot use a number of suppliers who set cookies on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. We are constantly reviewing our use of cookies and, as such, this cookies policy will be regularly renewed to include up to date information about the cookies used by our suppliers. We would highly recommend that you check this page on a regular basis.