The Scottish Government seeks to ensure that the information published on the Ready Scotland website is up to date and accurate. However, the information on the website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Government cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. If in doubt about any legal obligations or the current statutory position you should obtain your own independent advice. The Scottish Government cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.
Cookies and website traffic analysis
When users enter the Ready Scotland website their computers will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to the Scottish Government's server. The website then creates "session" cookies to store some of the preferences of users moving around the website, e.g. retaining a text-only preference. Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used and they are deleted on departure from the website.
Many websites do this to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.
The Ready Scotland website uses third-party cookies to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development. For this purpose, the Government uses Google Analytics to measure and analyse usage of the website. The information collected by the Scottish Government will include IP Address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally.
Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.
Log files stored on the Government's web server allow the recording and analysis of users' use of the website. Log files do not contain any personal information.
Legal disclaimer: though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our website.
Third party intermediaries: we use an outside contractor to manage our user database. This company does not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.
Service providers: we partner with other third parties to provide specific services. For example technical support and hosting. These third parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.
Users of our site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether or not they should proceed with services that require an outside party.
This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, the Scottish Government, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to this website.
Notification of changes
Any user who contacts us through firstname.lastname@example.org is not obliged to provide personally identifiable information, and any correspondence will be stored securely.