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What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny pieces of information that are placed on a computer or mobile device when you visit a website via your browser, such as Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari or Google Chrome. Cookies are a very common part of using almost all websites.

The cookies save some information about you for when you access the site again in the future. They do not usually directly identify you, but because your privacy is important to us you can choose not to allow some types of cookies.

You can find out more about cookies on the ICO website. 

What cookies do we use on our website? 

Cookies allow us to monitor and enhance our website performance. When you visit the Age Scotland site, we may use cookies to record information such as:

  • the pages you visit on our website
  • the time you spend on our website
  • the country associated with your IP address or device
  • how you found our website e.g. from a search engine
  • the browser you use 

The types of cookies that are used on our website: 


These cookies allow you to move around our website and use its features, such as making a secure donation. They cannot be turned off. 

These cookies only persist during the duration of your visit to our website (a ‘session’) and are destroyed on closing the browser. We use session cookies for the secure functioning of our website. They don’t contain any personal information about users.


Performance cookies are used specifically for gathering data on how visitors use a website. These cookies don’t collect information to identify visitors

We use Google Analytics, to collect standard information about visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site, how visitors find us, how long they stay etc. so we can measure the site’s performance and make improvements. 

To find out more, please read Google’s Privacy Policy. You can choose whether or not to allow the setting of cookies using the privacy settings of your browser.


Our website also includes functionality provided by third parties. We use third party cookies for the following purposes:

  • to enable sharing to social media platforms (e.g. Facebook and Twitter)
  • to embed video/audio content from (YouTube)
  • for the secure processing of donations (Stripe, Access)
  • to embed magazines and publications for online viewing (Issuu)
  • To embed an anonymous benefit calculator (
  • to enable functionality in online advertising services (Google Ads, Google Analytics).
  • To allow you to sign-up to an e-newsletter via one of the forms on our website which we use for sending marketing emails (Mailchimp).


Targeting cookies collect anonymised user information to create a ‘user profile’ based on browsing habits. This can be used to show personalised ad content to a user elsewhere on the internet.

Updating your cookie preferences 

You can update your cookie preferences on our website at any time. By using the links below, you can either accept or decline cookies on our website. Please note, first and third-party cookies which are necessary for the website to function will still be used if you decline cookies. 

Accept Cookies 

Decline Cookies 

When you click one of the links above, you will be taken to our homepage with your updated cookie preferences applied.