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Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Privacy Policy and Disclaimer

Disclaimer

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 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 Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 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.

Log files

Log files stored on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service web server allow the recording and analysis of users' use of the website. Log files do not contain any personal information.

Information Collection

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is the sole owner of the information collected on www.copfs.gov.uk. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service processes personal data for the purposes of aiding its work with the Scottish Ministers to improve the well-being of Scotland and its people.

Sharing

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.

Third Party Intermediaries

We use an outside contractor to manage our user database. This company do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Service Providers

We partner with other third parties to provide specific services. For example database development, push mobile technology and hosting. When the user signs up for these particular services, we share names, or other contact information including mobile number and full contact information with the third party service providers so that the third party can supply these services. These third parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.
Users of our site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether or not they should proceed with services that require an outside party.

Links

This Website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, 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.

Surveys

From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys. Participation in these surveys 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, they may not use users' personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

If, however, we are going to use users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users via email or by posting a notice on our Web site for 30 days.

Contact Information

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

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postal address: The Crown Office, 25 Chamber Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LA

You can phone 01389 739 557, rates from mobile telephones may vary by provider.

Calls can be made through RNID Typetalk. Please prefix our telephone number with 18001.

Deaf sign language users should text on 07825 280346, specifying if you would prefer your reply by sms, text or email

Web site URL: www.copfs.gov.uk/

Cookies and Website Traffic Analysis

When users enter the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service website their computers will automatically be issued with 'cookies'. Cookies are text files which identify users' computers to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service'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 and they are deleted on departure from the website.

Many websites do this to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 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.

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.

What can I do to manage cookies stored on my computer?

You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder of your browser. The AllAboutCookies website provides details of how to remove cookies from a Windows machine using Windows Explorer as well as instructions on how to disable cookies on all of the major web browsers.

Visit AllAboutCookies now.

To view the most commonly used cookies in our website please view our list of cookies.

Cookies we use

Below is a list of the cookies we use and the cookies set by third party applications on our website.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. View an overview of privacy at Google


Most web browsers allow some control of most 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 http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.