We are registered with the Information Commissioner as a data controller. Personal information submitted via our website by email or in electronic form will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

We store your personal information on our secure servers in the UK and, in some cases, under contract with third party providers outside the UK. By submitting your personal information electronically, you agree to this.

Transmitting information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information. However, we have procedures and security features in place to try and keep your information secure once we receive it.

Personal information provided by you will not be used in any way other than for its original purpose, or other purposes compatible with that. We may share your information with partner organisations, such as the NHS, to provide you with better services. We may also use your details for the purposes of crime prevention and detection and we may be legally obliged to share it with other public authorities for those purposes.

Unless you are explicitly asked for permission and give it, you will not receive any unsolicited paper or electronic mail as a consequence of submitting an electronic form or an email. We will not share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes.

We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children under the age of 13 via our website. If you are aged 12 or under, we ask that you do not provide us with information about you or others. Please seek the guidance of your parent or guardian before submitting information via our website.

You have the right to find out what information we hold about you.

You can complain to the Information Commissioner's Office on any issue regarding our handling of your personal information.

If you are submitting personal information via myaccount, you can find out more about data sharing and privacy on the mygovscot frequently asked questions page.

Our website contains links to and from other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website. If you go to another website from this one, you should read the privacy policy on that website to find out what it does with your information.

Our privacy policy is reviewed periodically. The last review was on 29 November 2016.