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Privacy Policy

We want you to know that Welcome to Scotland is serious about your privacy. Please read the following privacy policy, which covers in detail the information we collect from you, how we use it to make the site better for you and how we keep this information secure. We comply fully with European principles of data protection, which say that data must be:

  • Fairly and lawfully processed
  • Processed for limited purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate
  • Not kept any longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the data subject's rights
  • Secure
  • Not transferred to countries without adequate protection


What the Welcome to Privacy Policy Covers
This Privacy Policy covers Welcome to Scotland's treatment of personally identifiable information that Welcome to Scotland collects when you are on the Welcome to Scotland site.

This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that Welcome to Scotland does not own or control, or to people that Welcome to Scotland does not employ or manage.

There are many links within the pages of Welcome to Scotland, which will take you to other web sites. Please make sure you read the privacy policy of any other sites that may ask for personally identifiable information before you register with them.

What we Collect and How we Use it
Welcome to Scotland collects a minimal amount of personally identifiable information.

When you register with Welcome to Scotland we ask for your first name; surname; e-mail address; age range; gender; and country.

Welcome to Scotland also automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, browser type, Welcome to Scotland cookie information and the pages you request.

Welcome to Scotland uses this information in the following ways:

It enables us to customise the advertising & content of the web site and direct the site's development in ways that are suited most to your needs and interests;

We use the information to contact you about our competitions, special offers and promotions.

Choice / Opt-out
Welcome to Scotland users are given the opportunity to opt out of having information sent to them at the time of registration. If you later wish to change your chosen option, you may e-mail us, or write to us to request that your name be taken off our contact list.

Welcome to Scotland may place and access Welcome to Scotland cookies on your computer.

Some cookies make the loading of pages quicker than they would otherwise be. On return visits to parts of the site you have visited previously, our cookies will speed this up.

As a Tourism-related web site it is very important to us to know where our visitors are coming from, and which parts of the site they are most interested in

Some of the cookies that we use enable us to see which parts of the web site are visited most. This tracking of user movement allows us to better administer the site.

Other cookies determine your computer for browser type & IP address. This information tells us where you are logging on from, and enables us to look at how best to develop the site and aspects of its interactivity.

Your IP address will not be linked to your identifiable information.

Click here to see the detail of exactly what data is collected by each cookie

Information Sharing and Disclosure
Welcome to Scotland will not sell or hire out your personally identifiable information to anyone. Welcome to Scotland is the sole owner of the information collected on this site.

Welcome to Scotland may send personally identifiable information about you to other companies or people only when:

We have your consent to share the information and we need to share the information to provide a service you have requested AND we need to send the information to companies who work on behalf of Welcome to Scotland to provide a service to you. (Unless we tell you differently, these companies do not have the right to use the personally identifiable information we provide to them beyond what is necessary to assist us).

OR WHEN we respond to legal summonses, court orders or other legal processes.

Need or Want to Change your Information?
Has your e-mail address changed? Do you no longer wish to hear from us about special offers? Send an e-mail to Welcome to Scotland to let us know about any changes of e-mail address, or if you wish to be taken off our contact list.

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We Keep your Information Secure

This web site takes every precaution to protect users' information both on-line and off-line.

We do not link personally identifiable information to administration information received from our cookies.

We will not buy other information, which can be linked to your personally identifiable information that we hold.

Changes to This Privacy Policy
Welcome to Scotland may amend this policy from time to time to take into account developments in the site and changes to information collected. If we make substantial changes in the way we use your personal information we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our pages.

Should you have any queries regarding the capture, storage and use of personal information by Welcome to Scotland please e-mail us with your question.

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Summary of Terms

A browser is used to locate and display web pages via a software application. e.g. Microsoft Internet Explore.

A cookie is a file that stores information given by a web server to a web browser. Each time your browser requests a page from the server, a cookie message is sent back to the browser. The main use of cookies is to identify users and allow a site to personalise visits by customising web pages - for example by welcoming you by name the next time you visit a site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.

When you clean out your Temporary Internet Files by doing a 'Disc Cleanup' the cookies that sites have put on your hard drive in order to load faster and provide personalised services will be lost. You may have to fill out registration forms again, and sites may seem to load slower.

IP address (Internet Protocol)
Anyone connected to the Internet has one. It should look something like this:

Web Server
A web server is what delivers web pages to your computer. Web site information is 'held' on web servers



'Welcome to Scotland' makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this site is correct. However, Welcome to Scotland does not warrant or assume any legal liability for the accuracy of any information disclosed.
The provision of a link does not imply that 'Welcome to Scotland' endorses or approves the content for the linked site.