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SCIS Privacy Policy and Use of Cookies

This website is operated by the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS).

SCIS aims to provide a safe, secure user experience for all visitors to its website and is committed to protecting their privacy. The purpose of this policy is to explain how any personal data collected through this website is used.

By submitting personal details to SCIS, visitors will be deemed as having understood and agreed to the use of them as described in this Privacy Policy. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email SCIS at

Collection and Retention of Information

SCIS uses your IP address in it web statistics software. This allows it to gather broad demographic information about visitors and to monitor the frequency with which visitors return to the SCIS website.

Use of Your Information by the Scottish Council of Independent Schools

SCIS uses the information it gathers from the website to respond to enquiries and improve the service offered. Where personal data is submitted, it may be used for promotional purposes and to gain feedback about the service offered.

Disclosure of Information to Others

SCIS does not disclose to third parties any information about visitors to its website, such as their personal or demographic information, except as detailed, below:

SCIS may disclose such information if legally required to do so, if requested to do so by a governmental entity or regulatory authority or if it believes in good faith that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of Scottish Council of Independent Schools; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public.

It is SCIS's policy to disclose information to third parties only as required by law or when explicitly requested to do so by a visitor.

Use of Cookies

Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

A requirement of new legislation which takes effect on 26 May 2012, SCIS has set out, below, details of its use of Cookies and how they are stored:

You may have read about new cookie legislation - Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. The legislation is subject to much discussion and many people wonder what it means for individuals and for organisations. We've provided some starting information, below, to let you understand how we use cookies at SCIS.

Cookies are tiny text files stored on your device. They come from the websites that you visit and are stored by your web browser. Almost every website uses cookies and many sites would fail to work without them. The vast majority are innocuous - most do one of four very simple tasks:

  • Improving the use of a website according to your preferences
  • Helping to smooth your journey through an e-commerce process as you fill your basket
  • Tracking advertising campaigns
  • Providing the website owner with site usage data (which pages are most popular and the paths that website visitors take to find and navigate through the site)

At SCIS we use one session handling cookie in the Schools' Members' Area to keep passwords alive while members are logged into the service. No personal information is stored with this cookie. We also use a Google Analytics cookie to help us see which pages are working better for our website visitors - we can then use this information to make improvements to our website content and the site in general.

Cookies can be either first party or third party cookies. First party refers to the website owner, so in our case SCIS is the website owner. Some sites (not ours) use advertising networks to display a series of adverts. These networks often place ‘third party' cookies on visitor devices. These simply track which adverts have been served to different visitors.

Many cookies are short lived things - at the end of your session the cookie is removed. Others may persist for a period of time, to allow website owners to, for example, identify frequently returning visitors.

Commitment to Data Security

SCIS takes reasonable precautions to keep visitors' personal information secure and has put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial systems and procedures to safeguard the information collected. SCIS cannot guarantee the security of any information visitors disclose online, and they do so at their own risk.