Cookies Policy

    Use of cookies by Fife Council

    Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.





    Cookie preference

    CookieControl (




    This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on and Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.


    Social Media (opt in)


    It is set to value of '1' if user enables the Social Media cookies (cookie is set to 365 days)

    If the slider is disabled, this cookie is removed


    Language (

    This cookie remembers the user’s selected language version of the website.


    Universal Analytics (Google)






    These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website, where
    visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.
    Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data


    Google Analytics (opt in)

    _gat_opt_in (

    Stores information about user's opt-in for Google Analytics Tracking. Sets value to:
    - '0' if user accepted the cookie button message but decided not to opt-in for tracking
    - '1' if user enabled tracking in the browser
    - undefined - if user did not enable tracking and did not confirm cookie button message


    Content Management System

    SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION SimpleSAMLAuthToken SimpleSAMLSessionID


    Cookies required by the Content Management System and my account.






    Cookie stores a 'cookie consent' status and controls if user accepted the usage of cookies on MyAccount Portal.
    It is used to determine if the Cookie consent popup/banner should be displayed.

    Cookie stores information on where to redirect user after the successful login via SAML.

    It stores an ID of service from which users started the login process.


    FifeDirect Account




    Cookie stores information on where to redirect user after the successful login.


    Embedded content and social media cookies

    Our site has a number of pages with embedded videos or other content that utilise cookies from a third party to enable this.

    How do I change my cookie settings?

    You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘C’ icon. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then clicking ‘Save and close’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

    Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

    Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

    To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.

    To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit