Cookie Policy

Last Updated: 01/04/2018

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small computer file of letters and numbers downloaded on to your user device (for example a PC or a smartphone) when you access some websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise your user device each time you visit.

 

Use of Cookies

This website uses analytical and performance cookies which collect data about how visitors use our site and how the site is performing.  You cannot be identified from the data we collect through these. We use the data to help us understand how visitors use our site e.g. whether the number of visitors to our site is growing; how often users visit us via a search engine; what content is popular and what is not; and how long people stay on our site.  We use this anonymous information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The site also uses Essential Cookies in some areas to manage access to secure areas.

 

Information you may pass to third-parties outside our control:

In some cases other sites will be registering the fact that you are visiting our site, and the specific pages you are on, even if you don’t click on the button but are already or automatically logged into their services, like Google and Facebook. We recommend that you check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your personal information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such personal information.

 

Providers

Google Analytics

The cookies used by Google Analytics are used to collect information about how you use our site. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve our site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to our site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages that they visited. You can read more about Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding your data at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.

We use Google Analytics to help us to improve the service that we offer our site visitors. Cookies that Google Analytics stores on a browser are as follows:

Name From Expiry Time Description
_ga Google 2 years Used to distinguish users
_gid Google 24 hours Used to distinguish users
_gat Google 1 minute Used to throttle request rate
_gac Google 90 days Can be used to manage campaign information

 

 

WordPress (Site Content Management)

Name From Expiry Time Description
wfvt WordPress 30 minutes Used to see who is using the site
wordfence_

verifiedHuman

WordPress 24 hours Checks that the user is not a computer

 

Vimeo (Embedded Vimeo movie player)

Name From Expiry Time Description
vuid vimeo 2 years Embedded video player

 

Facebook

Name From Expiry Time Description
fr Facebook 3 months Encrypted FaceBook and browser ID

 

Other linked sites

StrathConnect site

Name From Expiry Time Description
_ga Google 2 years Used to distinguish users
_gid Google 24 hours Used to distinguish users
_gat; _gat_region Google 1 minute Used to throttle request rate
_gat_global Google 1 minute Used to throttle request rate
JSESSIONID New Relic End of session Performance of the site

 

Parent and Pupil portals (iSAMS)

Name From Expiry Time Description
ASPSESSIONID iSAMS End of session Used to identify and validate the user
_RequestVerifcation Token iSAMS End of session Used to identify and validate the user
iSAMS iSAMS End of session Used to identify and validate the user
raygun4js-userid iSAMS 24 hours Used to identify the user for our external error reporting service.
iSAMSAuth iSAMS End of session Used to identify and validate the user

iSAMS uses cookies to recognise users with a portal account. Your visits to the portal are also logged so that any problems can be addressed if they arise. This includes the IP address of the device from which you access the service. They are kept for as long as you have an account.

 

HOW DO I CONTROL COOKIES?

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. You may also delete any cookies stored on your computer at any time. You can find out more about changing cookie settings on your computer by visiting http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

 

CHANGES TO OUR COOKIE POLICY

We may need to change this Policy if it is necessary for legal reasons or to reflect changes to our services or the purpose for which we use cookies. If you have an account for a portal on our site then we may seek new consent if there is a change in our use of cookies which affects your privacy.

 

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about cookies on our site, please contact:

The Privacy Officer,
Strathallan School,
Forgandenny,
Perth PH2 9EG

dataprotection@strathallan.co.uk
01738 812546

 

COMPLAINTS

If you are not satisfied with the way that we have handled any of your requests or queries relating to our use of your personal data then you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office: this link will take you to their Complaints page. The Information Commissioner’s Office is the statutory body responsible for overseeing data protection legislation and law in the United Kingdom.