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Collection and use of personal information

We collect certain information or data about you when you use

This includes:

  • your email address if you contact our feedback mailbox
  • information on how you use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques to help us improve the website (these cookies aren't used to identify you personally)
  • details if you choose to register for updates about the Scottish Government via email. Users can opt-out at any time

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

We won't share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don't pass on your details to other websites.

Disclosing / sharing your information

Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information if we have a legal obligation to do so.

We use an outside contractor to manage our email subscription service. This company does not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.


From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys. Participation is completely voluntary and the user has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. 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.

Content disclaimer

We seek to ensure that information on is up-to-date and accurate. However, the information does not constitute legal or professional advice and we cannot accept liability for actions arising from its use. Neither can we be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link. contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website and doesn't cover other websites.

We welcome websites to link to the site. You don't have to ask for permission to do so.

However, we don't give you permission to suggest that your website is associated with, or endorsed by,

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.