Privacy

BiS Privacy Policy

At Believe in Scotland, we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about our subscribers, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others (we won’t without your explicit approval) and how we keep your data secure.

We may update this policy in line with regulation, this version was last updated in July 2021 and is compliant with GDPR.

By using our website, youre agreeing to be bound by this Policy. Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to

Who we are:
Our website address is: https://www.believeinscotland.org/  The Company that manages the Belive in Scotland campaign is Business for Scotland Ltd. www.businessforscotland.com

Your Information:
We treat the information supplied to us by our supporters and visitors with respect – and make sure that it is properly protected.

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our website, for example, when you contact us about reports and events, to make a donation, to access training or if you register to receive updates from us.

What type of information is collected from you?

The personal information we collect might include your name, address, email address, telephone number should we need to contact you. If you make a donation online or purchase an event ticket, book or report or similar from us, your card information is not held by us, it is collected by our third-party payment processors, who specialise in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

  • Process a donation that you have made;
  • Process orders that you have submitted;
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into by you and us;
  • Dealing with entries into a competition;
  • Seek your views or comments on the services we provide;
  • Request your participation in opinion polls;
  • Notify you of changes to our services;
  • Send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you:
    • These may include information about campaigns, appeals, other fundraising activities, promotions of our associated companies’goods and services;
  • To process a grant or job application;
  • We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis;
  • We will not hold your personal information in our CRM system for more than two years without re-establishing consent;

Who has access to your information?

We will not sell, rent your information to third parties. We will not pass on your information to third parties, unless you expressly give us permission to do so.

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. If you provide us with information as part of our Belive in Scotland Pledge initiative then our official campign partner ‘The National newspaper are not considered to be third parties but a co-owner of the data.

Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf: When you are using our secure online donation and ticketing pages, your donation is processed by a third-party payment processor, who specialises in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions. If you have any questions regarding secure transactions, please contact us.

We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a donation, such as if you were to purchase a weekend at a lodge at our annual dinner etc – we would have to allow the lodge owner to arrange the booking with you.

Collaboration with the National Yes Network and The National Newspaper.

Believe in Scotland is collaborating with the National Yes Network and The National newspaper on the Day of Action and the Autumn of Action campiagns. All information submitted by local Yes groups to be a registered campaign partner will be available to both Believe in Scotland and the National Yes Network. Basic contact details submitted by individuals as a result of joint activity between Believe in Scotland and The National will be available both parties who may contact those individuals about future independence campaigning initiatives and special offers relating to the resaon we collected the contact data in the first place.

Your choices:

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you do not want to receive direct marketing communications from us about the vital work, we do in support of Scottish Independence and Scotland’s prosperity then you can unsubscribe by clicking the link attached to every communication we sent to you by email.

If you unsubscribe from one of our email lists you will stop receiving emails as part of that list and if you would like us to delete all of your data or if you want us to be able to contact you only for a specific purpose such as further campaigns and events you can email us here: info@believeinscotland.co.uk

If we have an ongoing direct debit contribution from you or you have purchased, consent is renewed with each payment.

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting us here: info@believeinscotland.co.uk

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information BiS hold about you for free. To cover our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you we may ask for a donation of £10, however this is not mandatory.

Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

When you give us personal information, we store it securely, in our Customer Management System and mailing list systems. We do not store any sensitive information (such as credit or debit card details) which are only stored by trusted third party suppliers such as Paypal and Go Cardless.

Our data can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure, and as with all organisations while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. However, as a high-profile organisation we take a professional and competent approach to your personal data security.

Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, mobile Apps etc you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third-party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

16 or Under

We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian’s permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in July 2021.

Data Protection Act:
The information you supply us will be treated with the strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Information may be stored on a computer database and used by us to keep you informed of news, campaigns and other opportunities to support us.

If you prefer not to receive any future information, please contact us here:info@believeinscotland.co.uk