1) What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or application (“device”). Your web browser then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things specific to you such as personalised details, preferences.
2) How long are cookies used for?
Session cookies last only for your session online and do not remain on your device when you close your browser. Persistent cookies remain after the browser has been closed, are activated each time you visit the site from which it was downloaded and last for as long as the cookie specifies.
3) Why do we use them?
Cookies allow us to collect information about your experience of our Services. They do many different jobs which help us improve the performance of our Services, personalise your experience and make your visits and use our Services as straightforward, efficient and enjoyable as possible. They let you move from web page to page efficiently, remembering your preferences and generally improving your experience. Some cookies can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
4) What cookies do we use?
We set one, or more, of the following kinds of cookies on your device when you use our Services.
(i) Strictly Necessary cookies are necessary in order for a website to function correctly; they enable you to navigate a website and allow you to perform specific functions, such as accessing secure areas, depositing funds, buying tickets and managing your account. Without these cookies, it would not be possible to provide specific online services and functions.
The essential cookies that we use are:
- JSESSIONID: This cookie is used to identify a logged in user’s session.
- policyAgreed: This cookie is used to remember whether the user has accepted the cookies policy
(ii) Functionality cookies enable your device to tell our Services what choices you have previously made when using our Services as well as certain details you have previously entered into our Services, for example, your user name and the region you are in. They help personalise your use of our Services and make your use of them more efficient and enjoyable.
We currently do not use any functionality cookies.
(iii) Analytical cookies are used as part of our web analytical services (“Web Analytics”). Web Analytics are commonly designed and operated by third party companies on our behalf and help us learn how our Services are being used. They use small, unnoticeable, images (known as pixels or web beacons) within pages of our Services and in our emails (where you have agreed to receive such communications) that count the number of times something has been viewed. Cookies allow Web Analytics to recognise your browser or device and, for example, identify how you found our Services, whether you have visited them before and what parts of our Services you viewed. They allow us to track how many individual users have used our Services, how often and how they moved around our Services. They help us analyse patterns of behaviour, develop a better user experience and improve our Services. We can see which parts of our Services are most popular, identify errors that may occur and improve how we present information.
The analytical cookies that we use are:
- _ga: This is a tracking cookie used for analytics. It is used to distinguish users.
- _gat_UA: This is a tracking cookie for analytics that is used to throttle request rate.
- com.silverpop.iMAWebCookie: The visitor key assigned by the system. It expires in 1000 days.
- com.silverpop.iMA.page_visit: The site visit session which logs a "Site Visit" event in system. It expires in 20 minutes.
- com.silverpop.iMA.session: The page view session which logs a "Page View" event in system.
(iv) Advertising cookies are used as follows to show you adverts that are more relevant to you and your interests.
(a) Cookies are placed on your device by our third party service providers. These cookies can remember that you have visited a website in order to provide you with targeted adverts which are more relevant to you and your interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA) (also known as ‘behavioural targeting' or ‘interest based advertising') and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon previous web browsing activity. Your previous web browsing activity can also be used to infer things about you, such as your demographics (age, gender etc.). This information may also be used to make the advertising more relevant to you.
(b) Personalised retargeting is another form of OBA that enables our advertiser partners to show you adverts based on your online browsing away from our Services. Therefore, when you use our Services, you may see adverts for products or services that you were browsing away from our Services. These cookies will usually be set by third-party advertising networks.
Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about OBA, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com/.
Although these cookies can track your visits around the web they don't identify who you are. Even if you join Scottish Children’s Lottery, this OBA data is still not linked to your profile. However, as we explained in 4. “What cookies do we use? (iii) Analytical” above, we may combine information you provide to us with the data we get from our Web Analytics and its cookies and other publicly available information to display to you adverts that are more relevant to you and your interests.
(v) Other third Party cookies not related to Scottish Children’s Lottery or third party companies on our behalf may be set when using our Services where third party content, for example, YouTube or Facebook, is embedded. We cannot control the use of these cookies or access them. You should check third party websites for information about these cookies.
We currently do not use any advertising cookies.
5) How can you manage and control your cookies?
There are various ways that you can manage and control your cookies, and we outline them below. Please remember that any settings you change will apply not only to our Services but to all websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from particular sites).
Most modern browsers will allow you to see the cookies that have been set on your device, to delete or block some or all cookies from being set. If cookies are deleted, preferences will be lost. Deleting cookies will affect some functionality on some or all sites.
If your main concern is analytical cookies it is possible to opt out of having your web browsing activity recorded by analytics cookies set by third party companies on our behalf. To do so you should visit the relevant third party's website and opt out. This will stop any further cookies being set by those third party companies.
If your main concern is third party advertising cookies, you can turn these off separately. Opting out from receiving targeted advertising will not mean you will receive less advertising when you use our Services; just that the advertising you see will not be as relevant to you.
Finding out more
The links below take you to the ‘Help' sections for each of the major browsers so that you can find out more about how to manage your cookies.
Internet Explorer: Click here
Firefox: Click here
Google Chrome: Click here
Safari: Click here
Last updated: October 2016