We are committed to protecting your privacy in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. A full copy of our Data Protection Policy is available on request.
Cookies and website traffic analysis
When you enter this website your computer will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to the server that host the website. 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 and they are deleted on departure from the website.
Many websites do this to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.
This website uses third-party 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, we use Google Analytics to measure and analyse usage of the website. The information collected will include IP Address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally.
Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.
Log files stored on the web server allow the recording and analysis of users' use of the website. Log files do not contain any personal information.
The information and publications on the HMICS website are subject to Crown Copyright. Material may be reproduced without formal permission or charge for personal or in-house use only.
For other use or if in doubt, further information is available from http://www.hmso.gov.uk/copyright.htm.
Guidance notes on publishing and copyright, including those from the Queen's Printer for Scotland, are available at http://www.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm.
HMICS is the sole owner of the information collected on www.hmics.scot.
Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our Web site.
This Website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, HMICS, 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.
Notification of changes
Please read our publication scheme.
Retention and disposal of information
HMICS operate a Records Retention and Disposal Schedule to ensure that information is not kept for any longer than necessary in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.