Privacy and Cookies

This Privacy Statement sets out the data processing practices of the Scottish Qualifications Authority ('SQA') for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation, through the use of the internet and the World Wide Web. Please read and agree to these terms prior to sending us your details in any electronic communications or for any online transaction.

Privacy Statement

Cookies and Website Traffic Analysis

When users enter SQA Accreditaton's website their computers will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to SQA’s server. The website then creates "session" cookies to store some of the preferences of users moving around the website, e.g. retaining a low graphics text-only preference. Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used and they are deleted on departure from the website.

Many websites do this to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.

SQA’s website uses third-party cookies to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development. For this purpose, SQA uses Google Analytics to measure and analyse usage of the website. The information collected by SQA will include IP Address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user eg. retaining Location choices, user type content customisation options.

Cookies used on SQA Accreditation

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Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.


Cookie Control: When you click "I'm happy with this..." on the Cookie Control user interface, a cookie is set in order to remember your preference.

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