Cookies and Privacy
The Church of Scotland takes a proactive approach to user privacy and aims to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visit and to comply with all UK laws and requirements for user privacy. This policy aims to set out the various areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations and requirements of visitors and the website. This includes the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information.
Such information may be used in a number of ways to help improve our website and make it a better experience. Some examples may include:
- Providing a more personalise experience for each user
- Sending periodic emails using subscription services (for example, newsletters)
- Administering a competition, survey or other website feature
- Allowing users to register on our website, or when filling out a form (for example, when contacting us you may be asked for your name and email address)
[Any user information collected is stored securely until it is no longer required or has no use, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Any personal information gathered is kept private and will never be passed on to third parties.]
To make this site work, we want to place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most big websites do this too.
They improve things by:
- remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
- measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just there to make the site function well. By using our website, you are consenting to this policy.
We have added a function called Cookie Control to our website to give you the choice of allowing cookies or not. This is the icon in the bottom left corner which gives you options via a pop up box when you click on it. Saying no to cookies using the Cookie Control panel will prevent anything other than essential cookies being set. This sets a custom cookie called _civicAllowCookies and alters your preference for cookies on this site. This cookie expires on the end of your session, that is when you close your browser.
Drupal System Cookies
This website is built on the Drupal open source platform and uses a number of standard Drupal cookies in order to function fully.
The SESS... cookie is a Drupal session cookie used when an authorised user (in other words, a registered member) logs in. An initial SESS cookie is set when you browse anonymously on the website which looks to see if you are logged.
The standard Drupal logs used on the website collect information on usage - IP addresses, URLs visited, and related information - and is recorded for all site visitors for the purpose of site traffic analytics and to enable us to check and rectify any website errors. These logs last for 21 days and are then overwritten. Data in these logs is only accessible to our staff or organisations working on the website. (In practice, this means only the site administrators and our website developer).
For an authorised user (in other words, a logged in user of the site), Drupal logs the date and time that you last accessed the website. You cannot log in without using these cookies so cookies are automatically turned on when you log in to the website to make a booking or an online purchase and, if you have set your preference so as to turn cookies off, we show you a message to alert you to this change.
If you are making an online payment we also use a SSL_SESS cookie to keep your information secure. Payments are processed by Paypal. Please check the Paypal website for their own privacy and cookie information.
If you make an online purchase or booking, we collect the information you give us about your order in our database. This will only ever be used to process your order and collect sales statistics to improve our service. We will never pass on your details to a third party.
You cannot place an order with us through the website without leaving us your contact details and purchase information.
We use Google Analytics to collect statistical information as to who is using the website and how they move around the site once they are here. Google Analytics now includes data on user demographics (age, gender) and interests and we have enabled this on Resourcing Mission.
Google Analytics is Google’s free web analytics tool that helps website owners to understand how their visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics collects information anonymously and gives us reports and data on web trends without identifying individual visitors. Analytics uses its own set of cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page.
Google Analytics sets cookies called _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmv, _utmd and _utmz
The _utma cookie stores each user’s number of visits, time of the first visit, the previous visit and the current visit. This cookie expires two years after your last visit to this site.
The _utmb and _utmc cookies check how long a visitor stays on the site: when a visit starts and ends. _utma expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity and _utmc expires at the end of a session that is when you close your browser.
The _utmz cookie tracks where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link) and expires six months after it was last set.
The _utmv and _utmd cookies track visitor journeys through the site and classifies them into groups. These cookies expire immediately.
These cookies are collected on all pages of our website unless you have opted otherwise. Saying no to these cookies will have no impact on your use or experience of the website.
If you would like to opt out of our third party Analytical cookies, please visit Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
You will see embedded ‘share’ buttons on some of the Resourcing Mission web pages; these enable users to easily share content with their friends and contacts through a number of popular social networks. The links to these sites are not in return for money, goods or services, we simply wish to make it easier for you to share the content we produce, and these links assist.
All of the sites are free to use and you are required to register with them. Once you have registered you can begin sharing links. You will not need an account with Resourcing Mission to do this. When you click on a site’s logo you will be directed away from this website to the social site. Resourcing Mission will not request any personal information during this process.