A cookie is a small file that is downloaded onto a computer or smartphone when the user opens a website.
A cookie is a text file, and not a programme.
It is read by us when the user comes back to our website, so that we know when a return visit is made.
We set no more than four cookies on any visit to our website.
This is a session cookie set when you visit our website.
It is part of our content management software, and setting the cookie is necessary for the proper operation of the website. It is discarded when you leave the website.
The purpose is therefore to make it possible for you to use our website.
We do not collect any personal information, and your use of the website is taken as consent to the setting of this cookie.
Three cookies are set when you visit our website: "_gat", "_ga", and "_gid".
The purpose is to improve your user experience by using the record of your preferences to make any future searches more efficient.
The user has the option to disable these cookies on first entering our website, if desired.
We collect analytical information about the website, for example to find out which pages are viewed, and how often.
We do not collect information about visitors to our site which could be used to identify a person, or use the information in any way so as to identify a person.
The Scottish Law Commission does not link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. In particular, we anonymise IP addresses in Google analytics
Disabling or deleting cookies
If you have other concerns about cookies, and wish to disable them on your device, then please see WikiHow for comprehensive instructions.
It is also possible to delete historic cookies from your device, whether or not cookies in general are disabled.