Privacy Policy

Using our Website

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland's website is maintained for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of this site constitutes acceptance by you of these Terms and Conditions that take effect from the date of first use.

 

Intellectual Property
The names, images and logos identifying the Commissioner for Ethical Standards are copyright to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards. Copying of our logos and/or any other third party logos accessed via this website is not permitted without prior approval from the relevant copyright owner.

Requests for permission to use our logo should be directed to:

Karen Elder

Business Manager

Commissioner for Ethical Standards

39 Drumsheugh Gardens

Edinburgh

EH3 7SW

Telephone 0131 226 8138

E-mail k.elder@ethicalstandards.org.uk

Tell us how and why your wish to use our logo(s). Please include your contact details name, address, telephone number and email.

Hyperlinking Policy
You do not have to ask permission to link directly to pages hosted on this site. We do not object to you linking directly to the information that is hosted on our site. However, we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site.

It is our policy to obtain permission to link to other websites. We are not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

Virus Protection
We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

Cookies

A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer's hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.

When you visit our website we send you a cookie. Cookies may be used in the following ways:

  • To enable the personalisation features on our website (which give you the ability to recall recently viewed pages and see information which you have input on line).
  • To compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users use our site and to help us improve the structure of our website. We cannot identify you personally in this way.
  • Two types of cookies may be used on this website, session cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site, and persistent cookies, which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).
Cookie Purpose More information
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A Google Analytics cookie which helps us understand how visitors are using our website, so we can make it more useful.

Lifespan: Persistent

Tracks the number of times a visitor has been to our website, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.
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A Google Analytics cookie which helps us understand how visitors are using our website, so we can make it more useful.

Lifespan: 30 minutes

Tracks approximately how long a visitor stays on our website.
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A Google Analytics cookie which helps us understand how visitors are using our website, so we can make it more useful.

Lifespan: At end of session

Tracks approximately how long a visitor stays on our website.
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A Google Analytics cookie which helps us understand how visitors are using our website, so we can make it more useful.

Lifespan: 6 months

Tracks where a visitor came from, for example which search engine, search keyword or link they used.
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Determines whether the cookie information bar at the top of the site is shown.

Lifetime: 10,000 days

 
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Session cookie for 'Sifr Flash Replacement' plugin to enhance fonts around the website.

Lifespan: At end of session

 

 

Disabling/enabling cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our site if cookies are disabled.


Disclaimer
The Commissioner for Ethical Standards' website and material relating to Government information, products and services (or to third party information, products and services), is provided 'as is', without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Commissioner for Ethical Standards' website.

Privacy policy
If you are a user with general public and anonymous access the Commissioner for Ethical Standards' website does not store or capture personal information, but merely logs the user's IP address that is automatically recognised by the web server.

We do not use cookies for collecting user information and we will not collect any information about you except that required for system administration of our web server.

This privacy statement covers the Commissioner for Ethical Standards' websites at http://www.commissionforethicalstandards.org.uk, http://www.publicappointments.organd http://www.publicstandardscommissioner.org.uk.This statement does not cover links within this site to other websites.