What are Cookies?
A cookie is a piece of data in text form, which identifies users' computers to the National Trust for Scotland’s server. Cookies remind the server of a user's preferences from the last time he or she visited a particular site. There are several types of cookie and the most common are referred to as ‘session’ cookies. The website creates "session" cookies to store some of the preferences of users moving around the website.
Cookies enhance our website performance in a number of ways including providing a secure way for us to measure use of the website. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development. Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used. The National Trust for Scotland does not use “tracking/persistent cookies” or “Third Party Cookies”. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.
The only exception under the new regulations is if what we are doing is ‘strictly necessary’ for a service requested by the user. For example, a cookie that is used to ensure that when you have chosen the goods you wish to buy and click the ‘add to basket’ or ‘proceed to checkout’ button, the site ‘remembers’ what you have chosen on a previous page. We do not need to get consent for this type of activity.
Can cookies harm my computer?
No. Cookies do not harm your computer and cannot carry viruses. Cookies are intended to enhance your experience of a website, rather than obstruct it.
In addition, we use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers. The information generated relating to the National Trust for Scotland’s website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google Analytics do not personally identify the user in any way whatsoever.