Our website uses cookies for various purposes.

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or other device by websites that you visit.

They are widely used in order to make websites work or work more efficiently.

They are also used to provide information to the owners of websites you visit.

You will have had the chance to opt in or opt out of cookies we use for various purposes. Several of these are third party cookies— that is, they collect data for organisations other than our own.

Our web privacy policy and cookie policy explain the information these cookies collect if you’ve opted into them. You can view these policies below.

You can opt in or opt out of cookies at any time by clicking change cookie consent at the bottom of our site.

Google Analytics

Our website uses the third-party service Google Analytics to collect information about the ways people behave when they use our site. Some of what that includes is:

  • the places on our site people visit, and how long they visit for,
  • how many people on our site are visiting from Scotland, and
  • how many people read our site on phones, and what kind of phones they use.

This information is then processed in a way that doesn’t identify anyone. We don’t make any attempt to try and find out who any of the individuals who use our site are, and we don’t allow Google to make attempts like that either.

Detailed information about the cookies Google Analytics uses can be found in our Cookies Policy.

Basis for processing

We rely on article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR to process data for Google Analytics, which allows us to process personal data when it’s necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests.

In this case, those interests are to improve how our site functions for our users, so that we’re better able to provide advice and information to our users.

Web privacy and cookies policies

Privacy Policy

Cookie Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://cypcs.org.uk.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.