HR SERVICES SCOTLAND operates a strict  privacy policy compliant with the relevant EU and UK legislation on data protection. We are committed to being transparent about the technologies we use, and we’ve outlined below how we use cookies when you visit our site

Hereafter, when referencing the site, we shall refer to (the website) as either or HR Services Scotland online.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while a user is browsing a website. When you visit a website, the site asks your browser to copy a small piece of data and store it on your computer. All cookies have expiration dates in them that determine how long they stay in your browser.

Cookies can be removed in two ways: automatically, when they expire, or if you manually delete. We’ve included more details below to help you understand what kinds of cookies we use.

Does our site

Yes, with the primary purpose to make our website work more effectively, not to track our customer information.

What kinds of cookies does why?

We use different kinds of cookies for various reasons:

  • Session cookies – these are temporary cookies that expire (and are automatically erased) whenever you close your browser. We use session cookies to grant access to content and enable commenting (things you have to log in to do).
  • Persistent cookies – these types of cookies have an expiration date at some point in the future. Accordingly, they stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them. We use persistent cookies for functionalities like the “Stay logged in” tick-box, which makes it possible for registered users to return to the site without having to log in. We also use persistent cookies to better understand usage patterns so we can improve the site for our customers. This information is anonymised – when we look at the data, in other words, we look at patterns, but we do not see individuals’ personally identified information (PII).

What other cookies might I encounter on There are also limited third-party cookies on the site. These cookies could be session or persistent and are set by entities other than HR Services Scotland. To ensure compliance with our policies, we restrict the use of third-party cookies. For example, we only allow:

  • Audience measurement and validation – We use a service called Google

Analytics to understand how many people come and what is popular which helps us improve the website. No personally identifiable information (PII) is stored and site usage is always looked at on an aggregate (and anonymous) level.

  • Other functionality – We also use Google Analytics for our advertising platform. Those teams set cookies in order to control frequency and target advertising to the right section or geographic region.

What kinds of cookies does HR Services Scotland online not use?

We do not use re-targeting cookies and do not use flash cookies (sometimes known as local shared objects or LSOs). We do not any third-party advertising networks to put cookies on our site to behaviourally target advertising to our users either.

Does HR Services Scotland use any “intrusive” cookies?

No. We don’t use re-targeting cookies or flash cookies or any other kind of cookie that can capture personally identifiable information (PII).

Does HR Services Scotland online use cookies to sell customer information?

No. Not at all, and never will.

How can I delete or disable cookies?

It is possible for you to manually delete any or some of the cookies on your computer. If you want to learn more about deleting or disabling cookies,


Will the site work if I disable cookies?

You can browse HR Services Scotland with cookies disabled, though some interactions may not work. (For example, ticking the “Stay logged in” box at login will not actually keep you logged in to the site unless you have enabled cookies. If you have any questions or issues, you may contact us directly.)

Why do the message explaining cookies keep appearing?

If you close the banner and it reappears the next time you visit us, you most likely have cookies disabled. We use a persistent cookie to remember that you closed the banner, but this only works when cookies on our site are enabled.

What is the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA)?

The European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) is the single authoritative voice on advertising self-regulation issues. It promotes high ethical standards in commercial communications by means of effective self- regulation, while being mindful of national differences of culture, legal and commercial practice.

We want to make sure it is as simple and straightforward as possible for our readers to manage their preferences. EASA is becoming an industry standard and reflects the same high ethical standards for which we strive.

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