Privacy Policy

This page explains how uses any information you give to the Scottish Government, and the ways in which we protect your privacy.

Data Protection Laws

Under current Data Protection laws, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. We do not pass on your details to any third party or government department unless you give us permission to do so.

What information do we collect?

We collect three kinds of information from visitors to this site: Personal details in connection with registration to the website, site usage information from session cookies and log files and optional Personal details for email marketing and communications.


Cookies are very small files that are stored on your computer when you visit most websites. Cookies on this website do not contain any Personally Identifiable Information - they only contain random numbers and letters. They are sent back and forth between the website's server and your internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you've made.

We use cookies and other local storage means to help improve the performance of this website by anonymously measuring traffic and tracking user journeys. We also use a security cookie to identify a user who has logged in to their user account. These cookies only contain random numbers and letters and allow the user to remain logged in thoughout their session.

Cookies cannot contain viruses or install malicious software on your computer, tablet or phone.

Site usage information - log files

Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. The Union (Agency for The Scottish Government and the technology provider for the website) and The Scottish Government puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to inform changes to the layout of the site and to the information on it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information.

Email marketing

If you choose to join our email newsletter or give consent to receive information from Eat Better Feel Better and Parent Club, the email address you provide will be forwarded to a third-party email marketing service. We consider such services to be a third-party data processor as described below*. The email address you provide will not be stored within this website's own database or in any of our internal computer systems. Your email address will remain within the third-party email marketing service for as long as we continue to use this service for email marketing or until you specifically request removal from the list. You can do this by unsubscribing using the unsubscribe links contained in any email newsletters that we send to you or by requesting removal via email. When requesting removal via email, please send your request to us using the email account that is subscribed to the mailing list. While your email address remains within the thrid-party marketing service database, you will receive periodic newsletter-style emails from us.

* A third-party data processor is an entity that processes Personally Identifiable Information on behalf of a data controller (The Scottish Government). The data processor will not pass on the data or act upon the data without instruction from the data controller.

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.