Privacy Policy


The Scottish Government 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 Government cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Scottish Government 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.

Information Collection

The Scottish Government is the sole owner of the information collected on The Scottish Government processes personal data for the purposes of aiding its work with Scottish businesses to improve the well-being of Scotland and its people.

Cookies and Website Traffic Analysis

When users enter the Scottish Business Pledge website their computers will automatically be issued with ‘cookies’. Cookies are text files which identify users’ computers to the Scottish Business Pledge 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.

The Scottish Business Pledge website uses cookies to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development. For this purpose, the Scottish Government uses web analytics to measure and analyse usage of the website. The information collected by the Scottish Government will include IP Address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally.

Cookie Period Description
_gat Session Used to create and retrieve tracker objects
_ga 25/05/15 Part of Google analytics, and is used to distinguish users
_utmz Session Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site
_utmt Session Used to throttle request rate
_utmc Session Used to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit along with _utmb
_utmb Session Used to determine new sessions/visits
_utma 25/05/15 Used to distinguish users and sessions
CivicCookieControl Session Used to inform users of the websites cookie policy

Re-using Crown copyright material

You may use and re-use the information featured on this website (not including logos or information belonging to our business partners) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Any enquiries regarding the use and re-use of this information resource should be sent to:

Re-using third party material

Any material on this site which is identified as the copyright of a third party is not covered by Crown copyright. This the case with some photography and information relating to our business partners. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

The copyright status of items can be checked in advance of use by contacting:

Further information

For further information on Crown copyright policy and licensing arrangements, see the National Archives guidance.


From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and address), and demographic information (such as postal code). Contact information will not be shared with any third parties unless we give prior notice and choice. Though we may use an intermediary to conduct these surveys or contests, they may not use users’ personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Contact Information

If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, you can contact us at:



Postal address:

Scottish Business Pledge
Directorate for Economic Development
Scottish Government
6th Floor
5 Atlantic Quay
G2 8LU