Constitution for Scotland Public Consultation Hub

Privacy Policy

Constitution for Scotland gathers information in order to:

  • improve the site by monitoring how you use it
  • respond to any feedback you send us, if you've asked us to
  • send out email alerts to those who have requested them
  • record and/or publish your response to a or consultation
  • publish your comment on a proposal or discussion site

Data we collect

1. Visitors to our websites

When you browse our site, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system and to understand more about how our site is used and in turn to make sure that the site meets your needs.

To do this we may send “cookies to your” browser. If you don’t want cookies to be stored on your PC it is possible to disable this function within your browser without affecting your navigation around the site; here’s one tool.

2. Email alerts We collect your email address, name and subscription preferences when you sign up to our email alerts. We also track how our emails are used - for example whether you open them and which links you click on. If you've signed up for email alerts, you can unsubscribe or change your settings at any time by selecting the 'unsubscribe' link that appears in every email. Once you have unsubscribed, your details will be deleted immediately from the system.

3. Feedback If you contact us asking a question or giving feedback, we collect your email address and any other personal data contained in your message. If you contact us asking for information, we may need to contact third parties to find that information.

4. Consultations We collect names and email addresses with every response we receive through this consultation platform.   Email addresses are used to send an acknowledgement of response following submission. They may also be used to contact you in the future in relation to the consultation exercise if you give consent to be contacted. Where permission is given, we publish responses. We include personal data where permission has been given to do so. We never publish email or postal addresses.

5. Proposals & Comments We collect names or usernames, and email addresses with each comment. This data is kept as long as the blog post or dialogue remains published.

Links to other websites When we link to other websites, we encourage you to read the privacy policy statements contained on those sites.

Your rights You have a right of access to any personal data we hold about you, by making a written request to In addition, if you believe that the data we hold is inaccurate or incomplete you can ask us to update our records. If you are unhappy with the way in which we process your personal data you can request that we stop or restrict the processing we complete using your personal data or ask us to delete the personal data we hold about you. Find out more about your rights on the Information Commissioner's site. In some circumstances we may not be able to comply with your request. This is because some of these rights are conditional and can only be applied in certain circumstances and/or where there is no compelling reason to continue to process your personal data.

Cookies This site places small files, known as 'cookies', onto your computer to collect information about how you browse. These cookies aren't used to identify you personally. You will normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer. No cookie used on this site will infringe or challenge your privacy in any way.