Our cookie policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a small text file that is placed on an internet user's computer or mobile phone when you first visit a website or page. Cookies are typically made up of letters and numbers and are stored on your computer by your internet browser which are then sent back to the originating website, which recognises the cookie.

Why do we use cookies?

Like most websites Scotcash uses cookies to make your visit to our website easier and to improve the quality of your user experience; by enabling cookies, user's preferences, information and general statistics can be stored.

These statistics are things such as how many people have visited our website, what type of browser/technology they are using, as well as how long they spent on our site. These cookies help us to continuously measure and improve the performance of our website, and ultimately the user experience.

Are cookies dangerous?

No, is the simple answer. Cookies cannot be used to circulate viruses, and they cannot access your computer's hard drive, although they are stored on the hard drive. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.

Why do people reject cookies if they are safe?

A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a member of; however users may often discover cookies from websites that they have not visited in their computer. Cookies like these are usually used by companies that use internet advertising for other websites.

It may be possible that the user's information can be passed to third parties without the user's knowledge through cookies like these. This is the main reason for people disallowing cookies. Please note that at Scotcash we do not use cookies to collect or pass any personally identifiable or sensitive information to advertisers or third parties.

How do I disable cookies on the Scotcash website?

Some parts of our website rely on the activation of cookies to work, so disabling them may affect your user experience of the site. If you would prefer to opt out you have the ability to turn these on or off using the cookie control on the bottom left corner of the screen.

Cookies

Purpose

Google Analytics

  • _ga

 

This cookie determine the number of unique visitors to the Scotcash website using Google Analytics, they help to record the length of the individual sessions and navigation throughout the site. More information about Google Analytics cookies can be found here.

General

  • ASP.NET_SessionId

 

The ASP.NET session state is a technology that allows Scotcash to store server-side, user-specific data.

Sharethis.com

  • _stid
  • _uset

 

Sharethis cookies allow users to share content via Social Networking websites and email. We currently use two ShareThis.com cookies to identify users and their sharing behavior. _stid is a random unique identifier not tied to any personally identifiable information (PII), and _uset is set to "true" to indicate when a user has been cookied so that we don't repeat the task in the next 8 hours. _stid is used to associated users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share. This information is not shared with any third party organisations. More information on Sharethis cookies can be found here.

Facebook

  • reg_fb_ref
  • _e_0mYx_0

 

These cookies, provided by Facebook, are set when a visitor is logged in to or otherwise using their service. This allows a user to easily comment or share an article with their peers through the social network. More information on Facebook's cookies can be found here.

Twitter

  • external_referer
  • _twitter_sess

 

Twitter uses these cookies in conjunction with social plug-ins to allow users to follow Twitter accounts easily, share content and to display latest tweets. More information on Twitter's use of cookies can be found here.

General

  • cookieMessage

 

Determines whether or not a visitor to the site has been notified of Scotcash’s cookie usage policy.

General

  • resolution

 

The resolution cookie allows the site to tailor functionality to the visitor’s screen resolution.