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Cookie policy

This cookie policy explains what cookies are and how we use them, the types of cookies we use (i.e. the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used) and how to manage the cookie settings.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. They are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser. These cookies help us make the website function properly, make it more secure, provide better user experience, understand how the website performs and to analyse what works and where it needs improvement.

How do we use cookies?

As with most online services, our website uses first-party and third-party cookies for several purposes. First-party cookies are mostly necessary for the website to function the right way, and they do not collect any of your personally identifiable data.

The third-party cookies used on our website are mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with our website, keeping our services secure, and all in all they help provide you with a better, improved user experience and speed up your future interactions with our website.

Types of cookies we use

You can view the full list of cookies below, but here are some examples of the types of cookies we use on this website and why.

Keeping you logged in

We use cookies to keep you logged into your account. This means you don’t need to log back in every time you visit the site. If you wish to log out at any time, you can just click the 'log out' link on your dashboard. If you are using a shared computer, we recommend logging out of your account every time you leave the site.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect information on browsing. Google Analytics uses cookies to tell us how many people visit the site, what pages they’re reading and the types of browsers and devices they use to visit the site. All of the information that is collected is anonymised and cannot be used to identify you.

We use Demographics and Interest reporting. To achieve this, we connect data via first-party (Google Analytics) and third-party (Google Ads) cookies, using Google Signals which enables reporting information to include aggregrated data from users who have Ads personalisation switched on. No individual user data is available to us. We can see aggregate reports only, for the subset of users who enable Ads personalisation in their Google account. 

Users can opt out of Demographics and Interest reporting by either not accepting Analytics cookies in the website cookie banner (and therefore not being tracked at all by Google Analytics), or by disabling Ads personalisation in their own Google account settings.

Facebook Pixel

We use the Facebook pixel to help measure and improve our Facebook advertising, and to show users advertising that is relevant to them. The tracking pixel matches users anonymously with their Facebook ID, enabling retargeting, lookalike audiences, analysis and reporting of Scottish Book Trust advertising campaigns. For details on these cookies, please view the Facebook Cookie Policy(this link will open in a new window).

Lucky Orange

We use Lucky Orange to help us improve the user journey on the website and identify any issues. We are able to gather information on how users browse and interact with our website. No personal or identifiable data is collected. You can read Lucky Orange’s privacy policy(this link will open in a new window) here.

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Change cookie preferences

You can change your cookie preferences any time by clicking the above button. This will let you revisit the cookie consent banner and change your preferences or withdraw your consent right away.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. Listed below are the links to the support documents on how to manage and delete cookies from the major web browsers.

If you are using any other web browser, please visit your browser’s official support documents.

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Last updated: 3 October, 2022