Personal information charter
You can read the Forestry Commission’s personal information charter on gov.uk.
Information we collect
We collect certain information or data about you when you use our website. This includes:
- questions, queries or feedback you leave, including your email address if you send an email to FORESTRESEARCH.GOV.UK
- your IP address, and details of which version of web browser you used
- information on how you use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques to help us improve the website
- details to allow you to access our services and transactions e.g. an email address (you’ll always be told when this information is being collected, and it will only be used for the purpose you provide it for) This helps us to:
- improve the site by monitoring how you use it
- respond to any feedback you send us, if you’ve asked us to
- provide you with information about our services if you want it
- request sensitive permissions like accessing the camera, microphone, contacts or data on your phone
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
- enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
- recognising which people are visiting our web pages through social media sites, to make it possible to use targeted advertising
You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through "Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them"
The Forest Seedlings application uses your location to record the location when a new Field Note is made. Our location permissions are:
- Access precise location (GPS)
The Forestry Commission does not collect anonymous information on the use of Forest Seedlings.
The development of the app is handled in coordination with third party developers. No personal information is made available to these organisations.
Our Tree Alert application uses session cookies. These are stored for the duration of the session, and are used to associate the servers session with the connected user.
Cookie Name: _ga
Duration: 2 years
Purpose: To distinguish users
Cookie Name: _gat
Duration: 10 minutes
Purpose: Used to throttle request rate.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.
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|_utmb||randomly generated number||30 minutes|
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|_utmz||randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)||6 months|
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.
How to control and delete cookies
However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' section within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. These numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. To do this on the browser of your mobile phone you may need to refer to your handset manual.
To opt-out of third parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their website for further information.
Disclosing your information
We may need to pass on your personal information if we have a legal obligation to do so, or if we have to enforce or apply our website policies and other agreements.
Links to other sites
We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site.
Access to your information and contacting us
Digital Communications Manager
Northern Research Station
Roslin, EH25 9SY