The Scottish Fiscal Commission operates http://www.fiscalcommission.scot. This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information we receive from users of the Site.
By using the Site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.
The Scottish Fiscal Commission seeks to ensure that the information published on its website is up to date and accurate. However, the information on the website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Fiscal Commission cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Scottish Fiscal Commission cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.
Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site (‘Log Data’).
This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.
In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyse this.
Collection and use of personal information
We collect data from partner agencies to create our forecasts as set out in our Memorandum of Understanding documents found here.
We also collect personal email addresses via Mailchimp which comprise our news update and media contact circulation lists. We will only use these names and email addresses to make contact with subscribers for reasons relating to:
- Updating subscribers on our news and forecasts
- Periodically asking if they would take part in our surveys
- Notifying subscribers of forthcoming SFC events
No subscriber’s email address will ever be shared with any other third party by SFC without the prior consent of that individual subscriber.
Every SFC communication to subscribers includes an opportunity to opt-out of receiving any more, and subscribers can request to be withdrawn from our list at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This web site has been designed to comply with the international web accessibility standards issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as part of their Web Accessibility Initiative.
All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that top level and main content pages are compliant to a minimum of AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 standards.
Cookies and website traffic
When users enter the Scottish Fiscal Commission website their computers will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to the Scottish Fiscal Commission's server. The website then creates 'session' cookies to store some of the preferences of users moving around the website, e.g. retaining a text-only preference.
Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used. Scottish Fiscal Commission session cookies are deleted on departure from the website. However, those from third parties may persist.
Most modern web browsers allow users to control cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies used on our site
||Cookie file name
||Cookie Control: When you click to turn cookies on or off on the Cookie Control user interface, a cookie is set in order to remember your preference.
||Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.
||Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, and neither the Scottish Fiscal Commission or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.
||These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.
||Used by Google to throttle request rate.
||The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.
|Other 3rd party cookies
||We use Twitter embed code on some pages within our site. Twitter may set cookies on your PC.
Social media accounts
Scottish Fiscal Commission social media accounts are managed internally by the Corporate Team.
What we post
Posts and Tweets will be about:
- Key policy developments
- Key publications and consultations
- News releases
- Video, audio and imagery
If you follow us we will not automatically follow you back. Being followed or re-posted by a Scottish Fiscal Commission social media account does not imply endorsement of any kind.
We will update and monitor our social media accounts during office hours, Monday to Friday.
Social media accounts may occasionally be unavailable and we accept no responsibility for lack of service due to platform downtime.
Direct messages and replies
We will read all direct messages and ensure that any emerging themes or helpful suggestions are passed to the relevant people in the Scottish Fiscal Commission. We will also keep an eye on replies and respond if appropriate.
This Website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, the Scottish Fiscal Commission, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Website.
If we make any material changes to this Policy, we will notify you either through the email address you have provided us, or by placing a prominent notice on our website.