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Cookie Policy

This policy outlines what cookies are, how and why we use them, and how you can control them.

About this policy

This Cookie Policy relates to your use of our website:

Like most organisations, Research Data Scotland (“RDS”) uses Cookies to capture information about our website users (referred to as "you").  

Where cookies are not strictly necessary for the provision of our website and services, we will ask you to consent to our use of cookies when you first visit our website. 

What are cookies?

A Cookie is a small file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. 

Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. 

Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal data that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. 

For more information on Cookies, see and

Cookies that we use

Analytics cookies

1. Google Analytics cookies

_ga Used to distinguish users 13 months
_ga_N40T61HVWP Used to find and track an individual session with your device 13 months
_ga_WW1B696WDC Used to find and track an individual session with your device 13 months
_gat_UA-166331639-1 Used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. 1 minute
_gid Used to distinguish users 24 hours

Read Google’s statement on safeguarding your data.

2. Other analytics cookies

We also use the following analytics Cookies on our website:


As per the ‘ai_user’ cookie, the ‘ai_session’ cookie supports the monitoring of the website’s performance via Application Insights. The cookie holds a unique value for the user’s browser session which allows the monitoring of the website’s performance more effectively. The cookie contains no personally identifiable information. Any data stored at Application Insights is anonymised.

30 minutes

This cookie allows collection of website performance data to ensure it is operating efficiently. The service is provided by Application Insights and the data stored allows us to identify and resolve performance issues should they occur on the site. The cookie holds an anonymous id value which is used to identify a user’s journey across pages on the website. The cookie contains no personally identifiable information. Any data stored at Application Insights is anonymised.

12 months


Essential Cookies

We use the following essential Cookies on our websites:

.AspNetCore.Antiforgery.* This is an Anti-forgery token Cookie used to prevent cross-origin request forgery. Session
.AspNetCore.Mvc.CookieTempDataProvider This is a temporary cookie used to store data between page views Session
CookieControl This stores the configuration and settings for the cookie control 3 months
UMB-XSRF-TOKEN Set for angular to pass in to the header value for "X-UMB-XSRF-TOKEN" Session
UMB-XSRF-V Used to store the backoffice antiforgery token validation value. Session
UMB_UCONTEXT When a user logs in to make changes to, the Content Management System (Umbraco) issues further cookies to authorise access. This is also a necessary function of Session

We will ask for your consent to place Cookies on your computer or device, except in certain circumstances where Cookies are essential for us to provide you with a service that you have requested (see the section on essential Cookies above for more information about how we use these types of Cookies). 

You can withdraw your consent to the use of Cookies or manage any other Cookie preferences by using our cookie management tool.  

Managing all cookies

You can prevent your information from being used by Google Analytics by using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

You can opt out of tracking from all participating companies through the Your Online Choices website.   

In addition to the Cookie choices presented within our website, you can use your web browser to manage Cookies in the following ways: 

  • delete all or selected Cookies 
  • block all Cookies 
  • allow all Cookies 
  • block ‘third party’ Cookies 
  • clear all Cookies when you close the browser 
  • open a 'private browsing'/ 'incognito' session, which allows you to browse the web without recording your browsing history or storing local data such as Cookies.  

You can access up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies on specific browsers via these links: 

If you do choose to block Cookies, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of our website.

Contact us

If you want to talk to us in relation to this Cookie Policy, please contact our Data Protection Officer: 

Data Protection Officer 
Research Data Scotland  
Bayes Centre 
47 Potterrow  
Edinburgh EH8 9BT   


This policy was last updated on 31 May 2023.