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Privacy notice

The purpose of processing your information

The Scottish Social Attitudes survey is designed to capture a representative picture of the attitudes of the Scottish public towards issues of interest to the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen) and its funders.

This study provides important information about public attitudes across a range of different subjects. It is used by government departments, academics, charities and consultants to understand what the public thinks.

A number of different government departments and public bodies fund the survey by paying to ask questions.

Your personal data will only be used for research and statistical purposes. This means you will never receive any sales or marketing calls as a result of taking part in the survey.

Participation is not a statutory or contractual requirement.

The legal basis for processing

The legal basis for processing the data is ‘legitimate interest’.

The data controller

The National Centre for Social Research is the data controller for the Scottish Social Attitudes survey.

Sharing your personal information

We may ask for your permission to share your information with people we work with, including government organisations and other public bodies. We would only share your information with your consent.

Data retention period

Your personal data will be deleted when we no longer need it for research purposes.

We will treat your information in the strictest confidence under current data protection legislation.

Contact us

If you have any queries, contact us:

Data Protection Officer

NatCen Social Research

Kings House,

101-135 Kings Rd,


CM14 4LX


Data Protection Officers are responsible for upholding your rights and making sure we process your information correctly.

Concerns about how we are using your information

If you have any concerns about the processing of your information, contact the Data Protection Regulator:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,



SK9 5AF,

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113