Privacy & cookies

Last updated: 19 May 2023


The Council's data protection policy can be found at the following link: Data Protection Policy

The Council's corporate privacy notice can be found at the following link: Corporate Privacy Notice

The Council's Surveillance procedures policy (covering Directed Surveillance, Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS), Communications Data & NonRIPA surveillance) can be found at the following link: Surveillance Procedures Policy

The Council's Data Protection Officer, Simon Mansell, may be contacted at



Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user's experience more efficient and provide information to the owners of the site.

This website uses cookies to enable the site to function properly and also to analyse our website traffic via Google Analytics.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.

You can find more information on the regulations about cookies on the Information Commissioners website.


Cookies required for our website

Cookies set by our core website are not used to identify you personally. They are cookies that are required to make the website work as needed.

Name Purpose Lifespan
has_js Indicates whether javascript is enabled in the visitor’s browser. Session
council-of-the-isles-of-scilly_cookiecontrol Indicates that the cookie control function is enabled, which allows us to set our cookies options. 3 months
ASP.NET_SessionId Issued by Microsoft's ASP.NET Application and used to identify the user’s session on the server. Session
Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight Set by the Drupal content management system to remember settings relating to the sorting of tables. 1 year


Cookies required for Google Analytics

The Google Analytics cookies record usage of the website and systems. They only capture anonymised information. We make no attempt to find out the identities of those visiting any of our websites.

Google publishes information on how they manage the data they collect, on their Google Safeguarding Data page. You can also manage the cookies Google can place on your machine, or use the Google browser plugin to block all Google Analytics cookies.

Name Purpose Lifespan
_ga Calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors. 2 years
_gid Stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website's performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. 1 day
_gat Restrains request rate and thus limits the collection of data on high traffic sites. 1 minute