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. 

To see how you use our site

We use Siteimprove to help analyse the use of our website. 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.

Cookies that are set





Browsealoud cookies


Browsealoud is a speech, reading and translation tool that visitors can use throughout the website. These cookies are used to remember Browsealoud user settings and preferences, with the exception of the _baga cookie, which is a Browsealoud specific Google Analytics cookie.

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This cookie is used to help record the visitor’s use of the website. It is used to collect statistics about site usage such as what are are the most visited pages.

This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website. 

The cookie is set to expire 1,000 days after your last visit

The cookie itself contains no personal information.

CloudFlare __cfduid This is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. It does not store any personally identifiable information.

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.