Cookies

DBI.scot puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on DBI.scot

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use DBI.scot. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, for example improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • The pages you visit on DBI.scot
  • How long you spend on each DBI.scot page
  • How you got to the site
  • What you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

NamePurposeExpires
_gaHelps us count how many people visit DBI.scot by tracking if you’ve visited before2 Years
_gidThis helps us count how many people visit DBI.scot by tracking if you’ve visited before24 Hours
_gatUsed to manage the rate at which page view requests are made10 minutes
__utmaUsed to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.2 years from set/update
__utmtUsed to throttle request rate.10 minutes
__utmbUsed to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.30 mins from set/update
__utmcNot used in ga.js. 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.End of browser session
__utmzStores 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.6 months from set/update
__utmvUsed to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.2 years from set/update

Vimeo

Vimeo set the following cookies:

NamePurposeExpires
vuidCollect’s data on the users visits to the website, such as which pages have been read.2 Years

Marketing

Google sets the following cookies:

NamePurposeExpires
collectUsed to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.Session