Privacy and Cookies

This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through our website. By using our website, you are consenting to this policy. Our Privacy Notice concerns information collected offline.

The Church of Scotland takes a proactive approach to user privacy and aims to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visit and to comply with all UK laws and requirements for user privacy. This policy aims to set out the various areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations and requirements of visitors and the website. This includes the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information.

Such information may be used in a number of ways to help improve our website and make it a better experience. Some examples may include:

  • Providing a more personalise experience for each user
  • Sending periodic emails using subscription services (for example, newsletters)
  • Administering a competition, survey or other website feature
  • Allowing users to register on our website, or when filling out a form (for example, when contacting us you may be asked for your name and email address)

Any user information collected is stored securely until it is no longer required or has no use, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. Any personal information gathered is kept private and will never be passed on to third parties. Should you wish to contact us about the use of your information please contact our Law Department by emailing lawdept@churchofscotland.org.uk

Cookies

Some essential features on our website will not work without cookies. And having other cookies switched off can affect the way you'll be able to enjoy your experience using our site. You can adjust your cookie settings and turn on any cookies you're happy with. "Strictly necessary" cookies can't be turned off. However, Functional, Performance and Third-party cookies can be turned on or off. Learn more about cookies and what they do.

Contact, communication and e-mail newsletters

Users contacting the Church of Scotland through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. We make every effort to ensure that any data submitted in forms on this website by users is safe and secure. This information may be required for a variety of reasons, such as to help assist us in answering any questions, queries or requests for further information submitted by the user, to create a user profile to allow them to post comments on the site, or for a subscription service such as email newsletters.

Users can subscribe to email newsletters and do so through an automated process at their own discretion. Some subscriptions may be processed manually with prior consent from the user. Email campaigns produced by this website may contain tracking facilities within the content of the email, which allows subscriber activity to be tracked and stored in a database for analytical purposes and to help improve our services and make them more relevant to the user. Users subscribing to these services are given the opportunity to unsubscribe at any time through an automated system. Instructions on how to do so can be found at the bottom of each email.

External links

Although we aim to only include quality, safe and relevant external links, third party websites have separate and independent privacy policies. Therefore, we have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these websites. Users should therefore note that they click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external websites that we link to. We do however, seek to protect the integrity of our website and welcome any feedback.

Social media

The Church of Scotland is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy whilst using our social media channels. We advise that users act responsibly in any activity with social media and be careful and cautious with regards to their own privacy and personal information. Activity taken through any external social media channel is custom to the privacy policies of each individual outlet.

This website uses social sharing buttons to aid users in sharing content from the website to social media channels. Users do so at their own discretion and are advised that individual social media channels may track and save such requests.This website will not ask for personal or sensitive information through social media channels.