Privacy and Cookies

This page summarises how we collect, store and use information that you provide, either directly through subscription to our email services or by using the website and accepting 'cookie' files. 

Who we are is operated by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).   

SCVO is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.  

We are committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. This policy explains how we do this. Please also read the terms and conditions for may contain links to and from other websites. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these. If you follow a link to another website, it will have its own privacy policy that you should read.  

What information do we collect?  

We may collect and process the following data about you:  

  • any information you provide when using, including any personal details such as your email address, name and telephone number (and any other information provided at the time of creating a subscription account) 
  • if you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence or call 
  • details of your visits to including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, and the resources you access 

We may also collect your IP address. This is the individual identification number that is assigned to your computer when it is connected to the Internet. It is required to be used by our EU-based servers to enable you to browse the website. It is also stored for up to a month in logs to enable us to investigate errors. 

We use Google Analytics cookies to track how the website is used, but personal data is not recorded. Your internet (IP) address is anonymised, though Google now processes it for location and network data.


We want to make easy, useful and reliable to use. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. 

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:  

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task  
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested  
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast  

Third Force News uses the following types of cookies: 

  • Session cookie – this type of cookie allows websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session so that the website is able to store certain information whilst the user is browsing the site. 
  • Third party cookies – these are cookies that are not set by SCVO but are instead set by a third party. The third party cookies on the site are set by Google Analytics. Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the site and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast. Third party cookies are also set by ExpressionEngine, Twitter and Double Click. 

Browser settings 

You may choose to try and block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of 

Cleaning your cookies and browser cache  

For up-to-date instructions on clearing your cookies and other data from any websites see the Google article on Clearing cache and cookies. The detailed instructions given here cover all of the major browsers.  

Further information and turning off cookies  

For more information on cookies and your browser including instructions on how to turn them off completely from your browser provider, please click on your browser below:  

Google Chrome 

Mozilla Firefox  

Apple Safari  


Internet Explorer  

Where do we store your information? 

The information which we collect about you will be stored on a EU-based secure server. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for your account, you are responsible for keeping this safe and secure.

How will we use the information? 

We use information held about you in the following ways:  

  • to administer the website, and help you use the website 
  • to allow us to contact you 
  • to carry out statistical analysis 

Changes to our privacy policy 

We may change this policy from time to time. Any changes we make, you will, where appropriate, be notified by email.  

How to contact us   

You can write to us at the address above or contact us by email or phone at:

0131 474 8000

Your rights over your information   

You can amend your settings or unsubscribe from email services at any time by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the bulletins you receive or by contacting us. 

By law, you can ask us what information we hold about you, and you can ask us to correct it if it is inaccurate.  You can also ask us to give you a copy of the information and to stop using your information.   

To submit a request for your data, please contact us by email, post or telephone, please use the contact information provided above.   

Your right to complain   

If you have a complaint about our use of your information, you can contact the Information Commissioner's Office online at or by phone on 0303 123 1113.