Privacy and Cookies Statement

This Privacy Statement sets out the data processing practices of the Scottish Qualifications Authority ('SQA') for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation, through the use of the internet and the World Wide Web. Please read and agree to these terms prior to sending us your details in any electronic communications or for any online transaction.

SQA has in place a valid notification with the Information Commissioner in terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. Find out more about Data Protection Registration.

SQA collects personal information from visitors to this website through the use of enquiry and order forms, and every time you e-mail us your details. We may monitor and collect the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of visitors to our site, and this information may be used for analysis and statistical purposes.

We will use the details you provide us for the provision of information about services, and for administration, sales and marketing. We may need to disclose your details to our agents and other service providers for these purposes. We may assess your suitability for certain services we provide and reserve the right to decline your request if this is considered justified.

We will not share your details with third parties other than those agents and service providers used to meet your requirements. By your provision of personal information to us, you consent to our processing sensitive personal data about you where this is necessary, for example health information, and are protected under the laws of the United Kingdom and other countries.

Given that the internet is a global environment, using the internet to collect and process personal data necessarily involves the transmission of data internationally. Therefore, by browsing this website and communicating electronically with us, you acknowledge and agree to our processing of your personal data in this way.

SQA respects your right of privacy. If you tell us that you do not wish to have your personal information used in the ways we have specified, we will respect your wishes. You have a right to apply for a copy of the information about you that we hold (for which we may charge a small fee) and to have any inaccuracies corrected by contacting us on data.protection@sqa.org.uk.

If you do not wish to be contacted for marketing purposes, please e-mail us on mycentre@sqa.org.uk, but remember that if you do so we will be unable to provide you with information about latest publications etc.

Cookies and Website Traffic Analysis

When users enter SQA’s website their computers will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to SQA’s server. The website then creates "session" cookies to store some of the preferences of users moving around the website, e.g. retaining a low graphics text-only preference. Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used and they are deleted on departure from the website.

Many websites do this to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.

SQA’s website uses third-party cookies to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development. For this purpose, SQA uses Google Analytics to measure and analyse usage of the website. The information collected by SQA will include IP Address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user eg. retaining MyLinks choices, Homepage customisation options.

Cookies used on SQA.org.uk

Cookie Description

JSESSIONID

Session cookie used for both SQA past papers application and for the main SQA service.

HASQALB

Loadbalancer cookie

webopts

used on SQA homepage for the webupdates widget

newsopts

used on the homepage for news updates

widgetvis

used on the homepage to select which widgets will be displayed

myI

Mylinks

myIName

Mylinks

_utma - GA
_utmb - GA
_utmc - GA
_utmz - GA

Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.

HASECURESQA

Loadbalancer cookie for piwik stats

PREF

This cookie is dropped when using the Google site search

_pk_id.*

Piwik: We use Piwik to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.

_pk_ses.*

These cookies enable Piwik to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.

PIWIK_SESSID

These cookies are set only after the user has given consent to us to use cookies.

civicAllowCookies

Cookie Control: When you click "I'm happy with this..." on the Cookie Control user interface, a cookie is set in order to remember your preference.

civicShowCookieIcon Cookie Control icon display preference cookie.

NID
HSID
APISID
SID

Google Maps cookies used for Postcode Finder service.

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