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Cookies and Privacy Policy




Like most websites, we use cookies on our site to help improve your experience. These include, for example, cookies for analytics that tell us how people are using the site to help us improve the information we provide and site navigation. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit http://www.aboutcookies.org for detailed guidance of how to manage cookies.

Currently we operate an "implied consent" policy which means that we assume you are happy with our use of cookies. If you are not happy, then you could delete your cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser's anonymous usage setting (called "Incognito" in Chrome, "InPrivate" for Internet Explorer, "Private Browsing" in Firefox and Safari etc). If you choose not to use cookies, it may be difficult to use some parts of our website.

Information we may collect

We may collect, and store the following kinds of personal data:

We will collect information which you give to us via email, the various forms on the website or information voluntarily given to us via telephone or postal mail. Some information is gathered when you sign up to receive email updates.

Our details may be stored on a "cookie". This is a tiny element of data that our site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive. This small amount of information does NOT contain any private information stored on your computer.

We use Google Analytics to analyse site usage, how our users arrive at our site, what they do on the site, what browser they are using and on what operating system etc. However, this analytics data, collected via a JavaScript tag in some of the pages of our site, is not tied to personally identifiable information.

Social media buttons

On some pages on the site you will see "social buttons" such as share buttons for Twitter, Facebook "Like" and Pinterest "Pin it" buttons. When you click on any of these buttons, these sites will be registering that action and may use that information to improve their services.

You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.

External web services

We use a number of external web services on the UNISON site, mostly to display content within our web pages. For example, to show videos we sometimes use YouTube and we show Twitter feeds. This is not an exhaustive or complete list of the services we use, or might use in the future, when embedding content, but these are the most common.

As with the social buttons, these sites may use information about usage of embedded content. If you are not logged in to these external services, then they will not know who you are but are likely to gather anonymous usage information, e.g. number of views, plays, loads etc.

How we may use your information

Personal data submitted on this website will only be used only for the purposes it was collected. Currently the UNISON Scotland website only gets personal data when you use one of our website forms to contact us. The data you put into any of these forms will only be used for the purpose of that form (eg to add you to a mailing list if you request that or to reply to a query you have sent. We may in some circumstances check your details against our membership database to confirm you are a member).