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Find out what cookies are and how they are used on the Historic Scotland Membership website.

Like many websites, members.historic-scotland.gov.uk/ (the Service) uses small files called cookies to help provide the best possible online experience for you.

Below, we explain what cookies are, what they do, how we used them, and how you can view or change your cookie preferences.

Who are we?

The Historic Scotland Membership website is managed by Historic Environment Scotland, the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland's historic environment. We're a non-departmental public body (NDPB) with charitable status.

Historic Environment Scotland cares for over 300 properties of national importance on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

We are committed to protecting your personal data and your privacy. Find out more about how Historic Scotland Membership handles personal data in our privacy notice.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser on a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognise you.

Cookies can be either "persistent" or "session" based.

• Persistent cookies continue to exist after you finish your website visit. They are eventually deleted, often after 6 months or longer. They are used to help the Service recognise when you return to the site; these cookies will remember key information about you, such as your site preferences.

• Session cookies are deleted automatically soon after you finish your website visit, usually within 30 minutes. They are used to help the Service remember the status of your current visit, for example, a session ID might be stored to ensure you remain logged in.

You can remove cookies from your device at any time, and your device will automatically delete expired cookies.

First-party cookies entail a small text file that is stored on your computer when you visit a specific domain (website) and which cannot be shared with others. These cookies are set directly by the Service and only the Service can read them.

Cookies that do not originate from the Service are called ‘Third Party’ cookies.

Such cookies are set by other digital services and are accessible by those services only. For example, if a webpage contains an embedded YouTube video, YouTube will set its own cookies to enable the video to work properly.

Some cookies are set by services for advertising purposes. For example, an advertising platform may set a cookie that recognises the online journey a user has taken across different websites. The advertising partner may set or read the cookies on other websites/services and link the users’ activity on this Service. Third-party cookies are not set by the Service itself.

How we use cookies

We categorise cookies based on how they are used; this section will help you make broad choices about which cookies you set.

Essential cookies

These cookies let you use all the different yet essential parts of the Service. Without them, the Service cannot be provided. Therefore, they are sometimes called “strictly necessary” cookies.

For example, we use essential cookies to:

• remember your preferences (for example, whether you have given your consent for cookies to be set)

• remember security settings that affect access to certain content, for example, whether you are logged in, or for enabling consistent access to our web servers.

• enable certain essential services you need, such as a shopping cart.

Functional cookies

These cookies are used to provide functionality. For example, we use functional cookies to:

• enable embedded videos

• remember that you have visited the website before so that messages for new visitors are not repeated to you.

• remember certain preferences such as language or text size.

Performance cookies

These cookies help us ensure the website is working properly and they highlight when we need to fix issues or improve experiences.

While we do not collect data directly about each user’s age, gender, or interests, we use Google Signals to receive anonymised data that groups and summarises information about the users who visit our Services. This includes the categorisation of users’ ages, genders, and interests, which provides more context to our performance data.

Any performance cookies we use only collects anonymised data to protect your identity, so we cannot identify any individuals from this data. We do not collect any data on sex, political or religious beliefs, nationality, or postcodes through cookies.

You can manage what data Google stores about you, and whether it can collect or share that data at myadcenter.google.com/controls

Third-Party Personalised ad cookies

From time to time, we may use advertising services to help reach users on our sites with offers and content. Furthermore, we offer some content on the website embedded from third-party platforms such as YouTube, Soundcloud and others. Where we embed content, we cannot control the cookies that are set by such embedded content, and thus we treat the categorisation of these for cookie consent purposes as though they will set marketing cookies. Where we use personalised ad cookies, it is to understand your interests and show you relevant adverts based on your browsing habits.

We work with third-party advertising networks to display adverts (ads) for the products and services we offer. The personalised ad cookies we collect for the Service are outlined below under ‘The cookies we set’ and within the cookie banner. You can choose to accept or reject these cookies by indicating your preference at the bottom of this page or within the banner.

These advertising networks may also be able to track your browsing across different websites. Giving or declining your consent for personalised ads does not change the online advertising you will see in general. It will only determine whether you will view the personalised ads our advertising networks present to you following your use of this Service.

The marketing and remarketing cookie services we use are managed by third parties. Find below the privacy policies for the third-party cookie providers we use for the Historic Scotland Membership:

Google Adwords allows conversion tracking, optimisation and remarketing.

Google DoubleClick allows conversion tracking, and optimisation.

Google YouTube allows advertising and personal recommendations, as well as security measures.

The third-party embedded content providers may set their own marketing cookies from other advertising services, and we cannot control or monitor what cookies they set. Where you view content from these services you accept that they may set these cookies. You can adjust your consent preferences for such third-party content at their own cookie policy functions. You can decline consent for marketing cookies at members.historic-scotland.gov.uk/ and our websites will continue to work for you without any embedded third-party content.

The cookies we set

Essential cookies

Load balancer

Amazon Privacy Notice

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
AWSELBCORS None  Used to provide load balancing functionality 39 minutes


NetCommunity’s privacy policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
CSRF_TOKEN A unique encrypted security key Used to issue a request to perform a sensitive action, such as submitting a form End of session


Name Data stored Purpose Expires
ASP.NET_SessionId Session ID Used to identify the users' session on the server. The session is an area on the server used to store session state in between HTTP requests End of session

Performance cookies

Google Analytics is an example of a first party cookie used for performance. Other organisations can’t access your data or view cookies used by our website, and we do not sell your data to any third parties. We also do not allow Google to share our analytics data.

Google’s privacy policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
_ga Browser ID Collects information about how you use this website 399 days
_gid User ID Used to distinguish users After 24 hours
_gat_UA-5021193-3 A numeric value Used to throttle request rate 12 seconds

As we use Google Signals, there are some related third-party cookies that may be set, depending on if you have consented to be tracked by Google.

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
IDE User ID Links your usage of this website to your advertising profile at Google After 390 days
CONSENT User ID and consent record Stores whether or not you have given consent to Google advertising to track you – this should prevent you being tracked by Google if you have not consented. After 400 days
NID User preference Used to store your advertising preferences from Google After 180 days

Third party Advertising or Marketing cookies

These cookies are set to allow us and our partners to improve how we advertise to you. Declining consent to advertising cookies does not mean you will not see advertising, only that the advertising may be less relevant to you.

Google Advertising, and Google Marketing Platform

Cookies set by Google’s Marketing Platform will vary depending on the types of advertising you encounter. Not all of the cookies listed here might be set, even if you consent to marketing cookies.  Find out how Google uses cookies for personalisation and advertising

Google’s privacy policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
_gcl_au User ID Used to store and track conversions from advertising shown on a website 89 days
ANID Browser ID This cookie is used to show Google ads on non-Google sites. Remembers personalised ad setting selection in Google. If personalised ads are not enabled, this is remembered until 2030. After 13 months
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Browsing behaviour This cookie is used for advertising and personalised YouTube recommendations based on past views and searches. After 18 days
DSID User ID This cookie is used for advertising for those who are signed into Google. DSID is used to identify a signed-in user on non-Google sites so that their Ads Personalisation setting is respected accordingly. After 2 weeks
_gads Browser ID This cookie supports Google showing ads on third-party sites and are set in the domain of the website that you visit After 90 days
_gac_ Unique value This cookie supports Google showing ads on third-party sites and are set in the domain of the website that you visit After 90 days
_gcl_ Click identifier This cookie helps advertisers determine how many times a user has clicked on their ends and end up taking up action on their site. After 90 days
UULE Encoded value representing a specific location This cookie sends location information from your browser to Google's services so that Google shows results relevant to your location. This cookie depends on your browser settings and whether you have switched on location. After 6 hours

Meta Privacy Policy

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
_fbp Encrypted Facebook userID and browser ID These cookies are used by Facebook to deliver, measure and improve the relevancy of ads shown either on Facebook or other digital platforms powered by Facebook. After 90 days
spin Encrypted Facebook user ID These cookies help to deliver our advertising when you visit Facebook or a digital platform powered by Facebook Advertising After 5 days
datr Encrypted Facebook user ID and browser ID The purpose of the datr cookie is to identify the web browser being used to connect to Facebook independent of the logged in user. This cookie plays a key role in Facebook’s security and site integrity features. After 400 days
dpr Ratio and dimension of users' screen The "dpr" and "wd" cookies, each with a lifespan of seven days, for purposes including to deliver an optimal experience for your device's screen. After 7 days
fr Ads served over 90 period The "fr" cookie is used to deliver, measure and improve the relevancy of ads. After 90 days
presence Number of messenger chats open This cookie is used to contain the user’s chat state. For example, which chat tabs are open. This cookie is a session cookie. After 30 days
xs Unique session ID This cookie helps Facebook remember your browser so you don't have to keep logging in to Facebook and so you can more easily log in to Facebook via third-party apps and websites. After 365 days
c_user Encrypted Facebook user ID This cookie contains the user ID of the currently logged in user. After 365 days
sb User browser This cookie allows Facebook to recover your account in the event that you forget your password, or to require additional authentication if you tell us that your account has been hacked."sb" and "dbln" cookies enable Facebook to identify your browser securely. After 400 days

Manage your cookie settings

On the Historic Scotland Membership websites, we only use Performance and Third-Party personalised Ad cookies after you have given your consent.

You can do this by selecting your preferences in the cookie banner or below. If you don’t give your permission, we will only collect basic, essential cookies.

You can also control your cookies in your web browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to manage and delete them within your browser, please use the following links:

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To quickly manage third party cookies generated by advertisers, visit Your Online Choices.

We aren’t responsible for the information or the setting of cookies on these external websites.