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What cookies may be set when you visit our website and how to reject or delete them.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of information which is sent to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies do not damage your computer and by themselves cannot be used to discover the identity of the user. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. This enables you to decide if you want to accept it or not. You may choose to accept these cookies or decline them, however we consider none of them to be intrusive to you; they only enhance your experience on our website.

How to control and delete cookies

NatCen 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 us, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how to do this.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to control cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For details on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone, you will need to refer to your handset manual.

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

NatCen 1st party cookies

The cookies directly related to this website are:

  • getPreferredStyleSheet - Used when browsing areas of the website that contain different content for NatCen/ScotCen.

NatCen 3rd party cookies

  • Google Analytics - Collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
  • VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE - unique identifiers given to each computer to allow tracking of YouTube video views. Data is only used in aggregate.
  • AddThis - Features for sharing via social media (Facebook, Twitter etc). AddThis track visitors who use any of their features.
  • reCAPTURE - Protects our web pages against spam and other types of automated abuse