Disclaimer

The Scottish Government seeks to ensure that the information published on its website is up to date and accurate. However, the information on the website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Government cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Scottish Government cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.

Data protection act 1998

We are committed to your right to privacy and handling your information responsibly. We will not store or use your details for marketing purposes without your express permission (i.e. opting in). Any registration details and site visitor information will only be used to deliver the services you have opted in for (e.g. email newsletters). We will never pass your details on to any third parties for marketing or sales purposes.

If at any time you wish to request information about what data we hold about you, or to notify us of an amendment to your data, then this can also be done by sending us a message via the ‘contact us’ section of the website or to the address above. These requests will be free of charge.

Updates to privacy policy

Please note that this Privacy Policy is regularly reviewed and any updates can be found online.

Cookie information

Cookies are very small files that are stored on your computer when you visit most websites. They are sent back and forth between the website’s server and your Internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you’ve made.

We use cookies and other local storage means to help improve the performance of this website by measuring web traffic and tracking user journeys. We also use a security cookie to identify our website’s developers. Most of these only contain randomly generated numbers, and cookies cannot carry viruses or install malware on your computer.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.

Cookies set by this website

This website will accept all cookies by default.

Google Analytics

Cookies: _utma; _utmb; _utmc; _utmz

Expiry: two years; 30 minutes; when you quit your browser; six months (respectively)

Purpose: These cookies collect information about how our visitors use this site. This data is collected anonymously, and is used to help improve this website’s functionality. For more information, see Google Analytic’s page on safeguarding your data.

Expression Engine

Expression engine is the software that this website is built on. It sets the following cookies:

exp_tracker

End of session. Contains the last five pages viewed. Typically used for form or error message returns.

exp_last_visit

One year. Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by the forum to show unread topics for both members and guests.

exp_last_activity

One year. Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.

cookies_allowed

One year. Indicates whether the user has given consent for cookies to be set.

Copyright

The information and publications on the Scottish Government's website are subject to Crown Copyright. Material may be reproduced without formal permission or charge for personal or in-house use only. For other use or if in doubt, further information is available from http://www.hmso.gov.uk/copyright.htm.

Guidance notes on publishing and copyright, including those from the Queen's Printer for Scotland, are available at http://www.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm.

Surveys

From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and address), and demographic information (such as postal code). Contact information will not be shared with any third parties unless we give prior notice and choice. Though we may use an intermediary to conduct these surveys or contests, they may not use users' personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Blogs and Comments

All comments submitted are moderated in advance of being made public. There may be a time delay between submission and posting. Anything that is abusive, indecent, unlawful or defamatory will not be displayed. Individuals are personally liable for the comments they submit. Email addresses will not be displayed.

Please note that comments will usually be limited to a maximum of approximately 500 words.

Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 6 December 2013.