Glow Cookies Policy

What are Cookies? #

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer or mobile device when you access a website. They allow the website to recognise your device and are used to improve your browsing experience and enable the web site to remember things about your visit.

What do we use cookies for? #

In order for Glow to work properly, your computer needs to accept a number of cookies, without them some fundamental parts of Glow won’t work.

Some Glow services also use tracking software to monitor their users to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage.

We do not include any cookies for targeted marketing or advertising purposes, we only use them to ensure that each Glow service works properly.

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 and how to manage and delete them, visit or

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics visit

Please note that disabling cookies will affect the functionality, performance and/or presentation of our service. Some cookies are essential to the operation of Glow.

Cookies used in Glow #

Information on the cookies used in each of the Glow services can be found below:

RM Unify #

RM Unify provides a launch pad to Glow services and resources. It is the authentication service used by Glow that allows users to access a number of online resources for education using a username and password.

This service is provided by RM Education. Please see the RM Cookie Policy for more information on the cookies set by this service.

Office 365 #

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based package that incorporates a number of Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Office Online, OneDrive, Yammer, Delve, SharePoint, etc.

Please see the Microsoft Online Services Privacy Statement for details and further information on the cookies set and used by these applications.

Digital Learning Community ( #

The Digital Learning Community brings together all those who have an interest in the ways in which digital technology can support, enhance and improve learning and teaching.

Digilearn Scot is hosted on, hence, please see their  cookie policy for more information on the cookies set.

Glow Connect #

Glow Connect is for learners and educators across Scotland who want to get started with Scotland’s new Glow services and also provides news about Glow services and events and connect users to our other sites and content.

Glow Connect is hosted on, hence, please see their cookie policy for more information on the cookies set.

Glow Blogs #

Glow Blogs is a service based on WordPress and makes use of a number of third party plugins. The following is a list of cookies used by Glow Blogs which include those set by WordPress or the Jetpack plugin.

Sites hosted on Glow Blogs also make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from YouTube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. Glow or WordPress have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

Cookie Description
wordpress_logged_in Identifies that a user is logged in
wordpress_sec Used for authentication of the user
wordress_test_cookie Checks if the user has cookies enabled
wp-settings Stores user’s admin preferences, for example whether the post editor opens with the ‘Visual’ or ‘Text’ tab, or whether the posts list table is displayed in the normal or condensed view
wp-settings-time Stores the time the above cookie was last changed
comment_author Stores the name as entered by a non-logged-in user who leaves a comment
comment_author_email Stores the email as entered by a non-logged-in user who leaves a comment
comment_author_url Stores the url as entered by a non-logged-in user who leaves a comment
wp-postpass Used to authenticate a user to view a password protected post
wp-saving-post Helps with the process of saving and auto saving of posts in a blog
jetpackState Set by Jetpack plugin. Used to store actions/error messages for display
Comments Set by Jetpack plugin
Protect Set by Jetpack plugin to identify Maths anti-spam question
Minleven Set by Jetpack plugin to identify whether a mobile or desktop version of the site has been requested
CloudFront-Key-Pair-Id Used to allow access to media relating to Private Glow Blogs
CloudFront-Policy Used to allow access to media relating to Private Glow Blogs
CloudFront-Signature Used to allow access to media relating to Private Glow Blogs
a11y-high-contrast Used for WP-Accessibility plugin toolbar
a11y-larger-fontsize Used for WP-Accessibility plugin toolbar

Glow Report a Concern #

Cookie Description
PHPSESSID Identifies the user’s session. This is done to store the spam captcha for validation.