Cookies

Updated: May 2018

Our use of cookies

Cookies are small files placed on your computer by websites that you visit. We do not collect personal information with cookies. We use them to:

Types of cookies:

Third party websites: please be aware that if you access third party websites including social media platforms from this website you will be subject to their terms and conditions.

Cookies used across our websites

Necessary

Name Purpose Expiration
HASQA Ensures delivery of this website, by distributing workload across multiple computing resources. Session
HAAPPLB Ensures delivery of the FFORA website, by distributing workload across multiple computing resources. Session

Functional

Name Purpose Expiration
civicCookieControl Used to track consent, and allows anonymised users to control how cookies are set when using this site. Three months
NID Used for the Postcode Finder service. Six months
_gali Set when you opt to listen to a particular page. One minute
ipe_s, ipe.pageViewedCount Relates to the iPerceptions survey that appears on sqa.org.uk and set only after participation in the survey. Session
ipe_s Relates to the iPerceptions survey that appears on sqa.org.uk and set only after participation in the survey. Three months
ajax_search_cookie Holds the search string used when filtering jobs in recruitment portal. End of session
ccp_user5152, lastaccesstime5152, sessionid5152 Identifies logged in user in recruitment portal. Holds timestamp for when a page is called from the server. Holds session ID. End of session
cookieip Holds the assumed IP address of the client. Session
choosecountryregion Holds country/region chosen. Six months
choosecountryregionurl Holds URL for specific region page used on sqa.org.uk. Six months
requestFromOutsideGB Holds a flag indicating if a user is assumed to be outside GB. Session
JSESSIONID Used to track sessions on sqa.org.uk and the past papers application. Session
PREF Set after performing a search through the sqa.org.uk website. Session
style Holds accessibility settings. One year
TEXT_SIZE Holds text size to be used. -
iama Indicates the selected user type from the 'I am a' menu. One year
YSC Relates to the user's YouTube preferences. Session
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Relates to the user's YouTube preferences. Eight months

Analytical performance

Google Analytics

These cookies are used to monitor website traffic, search queries and visits to this website. User data is anonymised.

Name Purpose Expiration
_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
_utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits. Updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 minutes
_utmc   Session
_utmt Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes
_gat Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes
_utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached the site. Updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Six months
_ga Used to distinguish users and sessions. Two years
_utma Used to distinguish users and sessions. Updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Two years

HotJar

These cookies are used to record information on how visitors are interacting with the website. User data is anonymised.

Name Purpose Expiration
_hjClosedSurveyInvites Set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. Ensures that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown. One year
_hjDonePolls Set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. Ensures that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. One year
_hjMinimizedPolls Set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. Ensures that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through the site. One year
_hjDoneTestersWidgets Set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. Ensures that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. One year
_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets Set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. Ensures that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through the site. One year
_hjIncludedInSample Set to let Hotjar know whether a visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels. One year

Optimizely

These cookies are used to identify a visitor's browser and track website usage while on this website. The cookies do not collect personal information.

Name Purpose Expiration
optimizelyBuckets Records the Optimizely Classic variation that the visitor has seen for each experiment. 10 years
optimizelyEndUserId Stores a visitor's unique Optimizely identifier, for both Optimizely Classic and Optimizely X Web. It's a combination of a timestamp and random number. No other information about you is stored. 10 years
optimizelySegments Allows persistence of segment membership, which improves the accuracy of segmented results. 10 years
optimizelyPendingLogEvents Ensures that all events are efficiently tracked even if a visitor takes many actions in rapid succession. The cookie is wiped once the tracking call has been made. 15 seconds
optimizelyRedirect Stores variation ID of redirect experiment, so that Optimizely can pass it into integrated technology platforms along with the variation IDs that are active on the new page. This is necessary because the redirect experiment is usually inactive on the new page. Five seconds
optimizelyReferrer After execution of a redirect experiment, stores the document.referrer property from the original page, so that Optimizely can pass it into integrated technology platforms. Avoids creating "self-referrals" in third-party analytics. Five seconds

Social sharing

doubleclick.net

Name Purpose Expiration
DSID Used for re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online adverts. Two weeks
IDE Used for re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online adverts. One year

Facebook

Name Purpose Expiration
fr Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers. Three months

Google

Name Purpose Expiration
1P_JAR
APISID
Google uses these cookies, based on recent searches and interactions, to customise ads on Google websites. Session
Two years
HSID Google security cookie. Varies from end of session up to two years
NID User preferences e.g. language, search results per page etc. Six months
SAPISID, SID Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps. Two years
SIDCC Google tracking cookie. Session
SSID Google tracking cookie. Two years

LinkedIn

Name Purpose Expiration
BizoID, UserMatchHistory Used for LinkedIn Ad analytics. Six months
lang Remembers the user's selected language version of a web site. Session
bcookie Used by LinkedIn for tracking the use of embedded services. Two years
lidc Used by LinkedIn for tracking the use of embedded services. Session

Twitter

Name Purpose Expiration
guest_id Collects anonymous data related to the user's visits to the website, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the web site and which pages have been loaded, with the purpose of personalising and improving the Twitter service. Two years
personalization_id Allows the sharing of content on Twitter. Two years

How do I change my cookie settings?

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Cookies updates

This cookies policy may be amended by us at any time.

Contact us

For any information on our cookies, please contact: customer@sqa.org.uk or 0345 279 1000 or write to: The Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8DQ.