Terms and conditions

Terms & Conditions


You may access and use the Scottish Information Commissioner's website for any lawful purposes. You agree not to use the website in any way that disrupts, interferes with or restricts the use of the website by others. Use of this website is subject to the Commissioner's Unacceptable Actions Policy.

Unacceptable Actions Policy (PDF)

Access to this site may be suspended at any time without prior notice being given.

Copyright and re-use of our information

Unless otherwise stated, the Scottish Information Commissioner holds the copyright in the information available through this website. Where the Commissioner is the copyright holder, information is available through the Open Government Licence. This means you have a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use the information, subject to important conditions set out in the licence. This does not affect your rights under any other legislation.

Where the copyright in information available on this website is held by a third party, we make this explicit. For example, we may have sought permission from the Scottish Parliament to use a photograph. In this case the relevant web page will include a credit to the Scottish Parliament. If you wish to copy, print or re-use third party content from this website you should, subject to your rights under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations, contact the third party yourself to ask for their permission.


The Commissioner aims to provide good quality, up to date and accurate information to website visitors. The Commissioner cannot, however, accept liability for errors in information or problems with availability of resources.

The content of the website is provided for general guidance only. By using the website, you accept and acknowledge that the Scottish Information Commissioner, its officers, employees, sub-contractors, agents, and advisers shall not in any way be liable for any damage, loss, costs or expenses arising directly or indirectly from your downloading any of the contents from this website, or your reliance on or use of any of the contents for any purpose.

The Commissioner's website provides links to other websites and resources. The Commissioner has no control over, and does not accept responsibility for, the content of other websites or resources, including advertisements, products, competitions, promotions, downloads, or other materials.

To the extent permitted by law, the Commissioner expressly excludes all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute or common law. The Commissioner excludes any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with this website or in connection with the use, inability to use, or the results of the use of this website, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. This does not affect the Commissioner’s liability for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation or any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

In the event that any of these Terms and Conditions shall be determined invalid, unlawful or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, any such Terms and Conditions shall be severed from the remaining Terms and Conditions which shall continue to be applicable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland. Any disputes arising here from shall be exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.


Information about you and your visit to this website

Any personal information that you provide to us through this website will be processed fairly and lawfully in accordance with our Privacy Notice.

Our website also uses cookies, small text files that are downloaded to your device (computer, tablet, smartphone. etc.) when you visit the website. Cookies allow the website to recognise your device each time you visit and provide us with data about how the website is being used.  You can find more information about this on our Cookies page.