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Privacy statement

This privacy statement tells you what we do with your personal information when you use the new Scottish Parliament website. It also outlines your rights.

What we collect

The personal data we collect from you includes:

  • questions you ask or feedback you give us
  • your Internet Protocol (IP) address
  • details of which version of web browser you used
  • information about how you use the website  we do this using cookies and page tagging techniques

The legal basis for processing this data is that it’s necessary to perform a task that’s in the public interest. This task is to encourage people to learn about the Scottish Parliament’s work, and take part in Scotland’s democratic processes.

Why we collect it

We use cookies to collect information about how you use our website. This helps us improve how it works.

Find more information about how we use cookies, and how you can change your cookies settings in our cookie statement.

As well as cookies, we use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use the new Scottish Parliament website.

Google Analytics is a tool that gives us detailed statistics about what you do on the website. It stores information about:

  • the pages you visit
  • how long you spend on the website
  • how you got to the website
  • what you click on while you’re on the website

If you give us feedback, we’ll use what you share to help us make this website better. One of the ways we do this is using SmartSurvey, an online survey and questionnaire tool, to collect your comments.

SmartSurvey is based in the UK. It has to follow data protection legislation requirements and has its own privacy policy.

The information we collect is anonymous. We cannot use it to identify who you are. Your personal data is not used for profiling. This means we are not using your personal data to work out, predict or analyse your personality, behaviour, interests or habits.

Who we share your personal data with

We will not:

  • sell or rent your data to other individuals, companies or organisations
  • share your data with other individuals, companies or organisations for marketing purposes

We will share your data if we have to do so by law – for example, with the police, by court order, or to prevent fraud or other crime.

How long we keep your data for

We only keep your personal data for as long as it’s needed for the purposes set out in this document. Generally, this means that we’ll only hold your personal data for as long as we need it for. When we no longer need it, we’ll delete it.

Your rights

Your rights and our obligations are set out in law, mainly in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

You have the right to ask for:

  • information about how your personal data is processed
  • a copy of that personal data
  • anything inaccurate in your personal data to be corrected immediately

You can also:

  • object to how your personal data is processed
  • ask for your personal data to be deleted if there’s no longer a justification for us holding it

Find out more about your rights and data protection law from the Information Commissioner’s Office. This is the independent regulator who deals with information rights issues.

Links to other websites

This privacy statement only applies to the new Scottish Parliament website  it does not cover other websites that we link to. They have their own terms and conditions and privacy policies.

If you come to the new Scottish Parliament website from another website, we may get information from the other website. We do not use this data.

We’re still moving content across from our old website. It has its own privacy notices.

Changes to this statement

We regularly review this privacy statement. If we revise it, we’ll change the ‘last updated’ date. Any changes to this statement will apply to you and your data immediately, but not to anything that has happened before that date.

If these changes affect how your personal data is processed, we’ll take reasonable steps to let you know. You can get a paper copy of the privacy statement by contacting us.

This privacy statement was last updated on 16 January 2019.

Contact us about your privacy

Contact us if you want to find out more about how we collect and use your personal information.

Email: dataprotection@parliament.scot

Phone: 0131 348 6913

Find out about call charges.

You can also call using the Text Relay service or in British Sign Language through contactSCOTLAND-BSL.

Parliament staff will respond to calls and messages Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.

Address:

Head of Information Governance
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP 

If you're unhappy with our response

If you're unhappy with our response, or need advice about how we use your personal information, you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner's Office.

Email: casework@ico.org.uk

Phone: 0303 123 1113 (a translation and interpreting service is available)

Textphone: 01625 545860

Find out about call charges.

Parliament staff will respond to calls and messages Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.

Address:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF