How we use your information 

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) collects personal information. It applies to information we collect about:

  • visitors to our website
  • people enquiring through our ‘Contact Us’ page
  • people who use our services, for example, people who join our membership

Visitors to our websites 

When someone visits we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site.

We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website  We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it. 

Use of cookies by SDEF 

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie Name Purpose Information
SDEF site cookie acceptance SDEFCookiesAccepted This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on the SDEF website. To withdraw your consent after accepting this cookie, delete the SDEFCookiesAccepted cookie. Find out how at
Google Analytics _utma
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. 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. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
Login form 856bc9c82a94d44
This cookie is essential for the online login – the form that users use to make changes to the SDEF website.  It is set only for those people using the form. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser. Visit the Microsoft website


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 or

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

People who make an enquiry ‘Contact Us’ 

We will only use the information supplied to us to deal with the enquiry and any subsequent issues and to check on the level of service we provide.

People who join our membership 

SDEF offers a membership service to the public.

We have to hold the details of the people who have requested the service in order to provide it. However, we only use these details to provide the service the person has requested and for other closely related purposes. For example, we might use information about people who have requested a publication to carry out a survey to find out if they are happy with the level of service they received. When people do join SDEF, they can cancel their membership at any time and are given an easy way of doing this.


SDEF tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.

Access to personal information 

SDEF tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘subject access request’ under the Data Protection Act 1998. If we do hold information about you we will:

  • give you a description of it;
  • tell you why we are holding it;
  • tell you who it could be disclosed to; and
  • Let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.

To make a request to SDEF for any personal information we may hold you need to put the request in writing addressing it to our Information and Communications Officer, or writing to the address provided below.

If you agree, we will try to deal with your request informally, for example by providing you with the specific information you need over the telephone.

If we do hold information about you, you can ask us to correct any mistakes by, once again, contacting the Information and Communications Officer.

Links to other websites 

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

Changes to this privacy notice 

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 20 December 2012.

How to contact us 

Requests for information about our privacy policy can be emailed to the Information and Communications Officer or by writing to:

Information and Communications Officer
Scottish Disability Equality Forum
Office 2-5
The e-Centre
Cooperage Way
Alloa FK10 3LP