Privacy and cookies


Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

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 the Midlothian Council website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how. More information on this can be found from the link below.

What are cookies?

"Cookies" are small files left behind on your computer when you visit a website. This allows sites to recognise who you are and do things like personalising webpages for you or keep you logged-in to a secure area of the site.

Because of privacy concerns, many users choose to limit how cookies are stored.

To find out more about cookies, including how to control and delete them, please visit the website

How we use cookies

When you sign-in

If you register on our site (using Scotland's myaccount service) to make filling-in forms easier, a cookie is stored to keep you signed-in when you do so. 

Necessary cookies that are set

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.


Essential Cookies



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For ReachDeck, user preferences are no longer stored in Cookies. They are now persisted in Local Storage in the web browser. Local Storage is considered to be equivalent to cookies under EU Cookie Law.

For more details about ReachDeck's usage of Local Storage and Google Analytics cookies refer to this document.

If enabled, ReachDeck stores some data in the Local Storage in your browser, to enable the add-on to work correctly and remember your preferences, such as colour choices, translation language choices, or screen mask configuration.
ReachDeck also stores the toolbar state. This ensures that when you enable an icon, it will remain enabled when you return to the website, or navigate to another page.
ReachDeck does not transmit any of this information to Texthelp servers.
ReachDeck uses anonymised Google Analytics to collect general usage statistics to help improve  future releases. This usage is considered to be a Tracking Cookie under EU Cookie Law, and it is important that users are able to opt out of this.
IP anonymisation is used to ensure that both Google and Texthelp cannot identify individual users. ReachDeck does not log any personally identifiable information in these analytics.

To see how you use our site

We use Siteimprove to help analyse the use of our website. When active, this tool stores cookies on your machine to collect standard visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information collected is sent to Siteimprove. We can then log-in to Siteimprove and evaluate what pages are looked at to make improvements to the site.

We do not collect any information that personally identifies visitors to our site. We do not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of Siteimprove.

Third party cookies

There are a number of pages on our site which embed videos, images, maps and other content from third party sites. Cookies placed on your computer by third party sites are not controlled by us and we do not control how these third parties use cookies.