Data Protection

The Commission collects and uses personal information for a range of purposes.

Our Privacy Notice sets out the types of information we collect, how we use information generally and your rights in relation to this information.

Our Web Privacy and Cookies notice is set out below. This explains the information we collect through our website and how we use cookies. 


Web privacy and cookies

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or other device by websites that you visit.

They are widely used in order to make websites work or work more efficiently. 

They are also used to provide information to the owners of websites you visit.

Our website uses cookies to improve how our site works for people using it. We also use cookies to recognise your repeat visits and preferences, and to collect information about how people use our site. We do not use cookies for marketing campaigns. 

By using our website, you are consenting to the use of cookies unless you have disabled them. You can manage preferences for cookies directly from your own browser including preventing third parties from installing cookies. You can also set your browser preferences to delete cookies installed in the past, including cookies that may have saved your initial consent for installing cookies by this website. You can find information about how to manage cookies in the most commonly used browsers at the following links: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Google Analytics

Our website uses the third party service Google Analytics to collect information about the ways people behave when they use our site. Some of what that includes is:

  • the places on our site people visit, and how long they visit for,
  • how many people on our site are visiting from Scotland, and
  • how many people read our site on phones, and what kind of phones they use.

This information is then processed in a way that does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to try and find out who any of the individuals who use our site are, and we don't allow Google to make attempts like that either.

Basis for processing

We rely on article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR to process data for Google Analytics, which allows us to process personal data when it is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests.

In this case, those interests are to improve how our site functions for our users, so that we are better able to provide advice and information to our users.