Marine Scotland Data Privacy and Content Disclaimer notice

What is Marine Scotland Data?
Marine Scotland data is a website designed for the purposes of making data from Marine Scotland freely available and usable by visitors to the site. License information for datasets are specified on each page, but typically refer to the Open Government License.
The aim of the site is to allow users to search for data, download data, or to use the built in API to extract parts of datasets that are relevant for you as a user.
Marine Scotland takes the right to privacy seriously and this privacy notice reflects our commitment to the fair and transparent processing of personal information. This notice sets out the where we may need personal information, and how we will use is.

Collection and use of personal information
We collect certain information or data about you when you use Marine Scotland data (
This includes:
• Information about how you use the site, using cookies and analysis to help us improve the website (these cookies are not used to identify your personally)
• Your email address if you contact us through any of the enquiry contact details for datasets.
This helps us to:
• Improve the website by monitoring how it is used
• Respond to feedback or queries you send us, if you’ve asked us to.

We won’t share your information with any other organisation for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we do not pass on your details to other websites.

Disclosing/sharing your information
Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information if we have a legal obligation to do so.

We use outside contractors to manage and host our services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Who is processing the personal information?
A controller is the entity (organisation) that determines the purposes, conditions and means of the processing of personal information. For Marine Scotland Data, the Scottish Government is the Data Controller. Marine Scotland processes this information on behalf of the Scottish Ministers.

How is personal information collected?
Marine Scotland only collects information on how you use the site using cookies to help us improve the website. These cookies are not used to identify you personally.
If you use the enquiry contact email on any dataset, Marine Scotland will receive your email address and any other information provided in the email.

Queries about how personal data are handled
If you have any queries or concerns about how your personal information will be handled, please contact us on

Data subject rights
You have the right to access the personal data we process about you – although this will only be applicable if you have contacted us for enquiries about datasets. You have the right to object to processing that is or is likely to cause substantial damage or distress to you or another, the right to request to rectify, erase, block or destroy inaccurate information and the right to be confident that we will handle your personal information responsibly and in line with good practise.
To exercise these rights, you can write to the Scottish Government Data Protection Officer, supported by the Data Protection and Information Asset Team at:

Data Protection and Information Assets Team
V Spur, Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD


If you feel we have been unable to resolve your information rights concern, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO are the supervisory authority responsible for data protection in the UK.

For further information, including independent data protection advice and information in relation to your rights, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

Information Governance department
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Tel: 0303 123 1113


You can also report a concern here -

Revisions to this privacy notice

Marine Scotland may revise this privacy notice from time to time. Each revised version will be dated and posted on the MS Information website.

Content disclaimer
We seek to ensure that information on Marine Scotland Data are up-to-date and accurate. However, the information does not constitute legal or professional advice and we cannot accept liability for actions arising from its use. Neither can we be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.

Links to and from Marine Scotland Data

Marine Scotland Data contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to the NMPi and MSI websites and doesn't cover other websites.

We welcome websites to link to the site. You don't have to ask for permission to do so.

However, we don't give you permission to suggest that your website is associated with, or endorsed by Marine Scotland Data.
Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

Date: May 2018