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Cookies and Privacy policy

This page applies to the Air Quality in Scotland - Clear the Air website. You can jump to the following sections on this page:

  1. Privacy Policy
  2. Introduction to cookies
  3. Cookies used on this website
  4. How to control and delete cookies
  5. Personal Information

1. Privacy Policy

This privacy policy information covers the Air Quality in Scotland - Clear the Air website and apps. We take privacy very seriously and only use data collected for the purpose described.

This privacy policy is subject to change as the website develops, so please check back on this page from time-to-time.

2. Introduction to cookies

In order to help provide the information on this website accessible and easy to use, small amounts of information may be placed on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

The information is used to improve the website and is collected by measuring how many people are using services so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article Internet Browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them.

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit the About Cookies website.

3. Cookies used on this website

General website

A cookie is set which records whether the cookie notification banner has already been seen.

Name Typical Content Expires strictly-necessary-cookies
True or false
6 months

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

This website uses Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it's meeting its users' needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Expires Typical Content
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users.
_ga_<container-id> 2 years Used to persist session state.
_gat 1 minute Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.
AMP_TOKEN 30 seconds to 1 year Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.
_gac_<property-id> 90 days Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts, Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out. Learn more.

4. How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

Strictly necessary cookies

These essential cookies do things like remember your cookies choices.

They always need to be on.

Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website and your web performance experience while visiting so we can improve it based on user needs. We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.

Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about:

  • how you got to the site
  • the pages you visit on and how long you spend on each page
  • what you click on while you are visiting the site

5. Personal Information

Ricardo Energy and Environment use Google Analytics to track and store IP addresses of visitors to this website to understand who uses the website and to ensure the content is relevant. For more information on how Google uses information from sites and Apps please go to

We will not share your personal information with any third party and it will not be used for marketing purposes.

We will not transfer your personal information outside the UK.

You have a right to be informed about this processing of your personal data as in this notice. You also have the right to request from the controller access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data. Further rights are to object to and to restrict processing of your data. You also have a right to lodge a complaint about processing of your personal data with the Information Commissioner's Office. Further information is at