Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

Contact details:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Any details you provide are voluntary and are used only to address your enquiry and provide a response. Your details are not shared or sold for marketing purposes.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Google Analytics tracking gathers anonymised data about this website but does not allow identification on individual users or user data. Google, as a third party provider, has a privacy policy for this:


From time to time we use Crowdsignal survey tools to ask our website visitors for their opinions. Crowdsignal provide this service on behalf of their account holders and do not further process any personal information gathered. Any polls, forms, surveys, quizzes or ratings are embedded when they are displayed on this website. When the embed file is loaded by the browser, the server records the request including IP address and browser name in a server log file. These log files are rotated out of use and deleted after a set time. No analysis is done on the log files by Automattic or Crowdsignal. For details:

Who we share your data with

Your contact email address and enquiry may be shared with the relevant Elected Members for the Dumfries and Galloway Region in order to address and respond to your enquiry.

The personal information on the surveys are being collected for processing by the Scottish National Party, 3 Jackson’s Entry, Edinburgh, EH8 8PJ on the lawful basis of democratic engagement. Your information will not be shared with any other data controller and the information you give will only be used to keep you informed about issues, campaigns and events which are considered likely to be relevant to you. Further information on your rights and how the SNP processes and protects your information is available at or by writing to the Data Protection Officer at the address above.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How long we retain your data

Any data provided through the Crowdsignal surveys is deleted once processed by the Scottish National Party.

If you leave a website comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Your contact information

Please direct any privacy concerns to: