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Privacy Notice for Life and Work website & magazine

Life and Work, the magazine of the Church of Scotland is providing you with this information to comply with data protection law and to ensure that you are fully informed and we are transparent in how we collect and use your personal data.

Who is collecting the information?
The Church of Scotland is the Data Controller for Life and Work magazine & website. We have an appointed Data Protection Officer (DPO), Alice Wilson, who can be contacted by emailing:

Why are we collecting it and what are we doing with it (Purpose)?
We collect your information to enable us to provide you with either a paper or digital copy of Life and Work, the magazine of the Church of Scotland which details the various work of the Church.

What personal data do we collect?
Name, address, email address contact telephone number and payment information (e.g. credit, debit card details or bank details for direct debit).

How are we collecting this information? What is the source?
Your data is collected directly from you on the magazine website hosted by Adept Design (Norfolk) Ltd. If you request a digital copy of the magazine, you will be directed to Pocketmags who process these requests on our behalf.

The lawful basis for the processing
The lawful basis for processing of your data for this purpose is UK GDPR Article 6(1)(b) “processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.”

Who we share the information with:
We use third party Adept Design (Norfolk) Ltd to host the magazine website. We use Pocketmags (Jellyfish Connect Ltd) to provide subscribers with a digital version of the magazine. We also use third party Warners Midlands Plc to fulfil your print order of Life and Work magazine. All of these third parties are processors and there is an appropriate contract in place. We do not sell or rent data to any third parties. All of these companies are based within the UK and do not transfer data outside the UK unless instructed to by the Church and with appropriate safeguards in place.

How long do we hold the personal data?
We retain subscription data for a minimum of six years after you have cancelled your subscription. Following that period your data will be destroyed securely following Church procedures.

Individuals’ rights in relation to this processing
Under data protection laws individuals have a number of rights, these are detailed here.

For the purposes of subscription to our magazine, all the rights apply except for the Right to Object. If you wish to exercise any of your rights, please contact the Data Protection Officer (DPO) at who will process your request accordingly and without undue delay, within the one month deadline.

Complaints to UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
If you are concerned about how your personal data is being used by the Church of Scotland, in the first instance please can you contact the Church of Scotland Data Protection Officer (DPO) at If you are not satisfied with the outcome then you can complain to the regulator of data protection, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO has guidance on their website here:

You can email them at or call them on 0303 123 1113 or you can send a letter to them at the following address:

Customer Contact
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane


What are 'cookies'?

A cookie is a small text file which is downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or application. Cookies typically contain two pieces of information:

Your web browser then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like personalised details or user preferences. They may also be used for things such as website authentication (logging into a website), website analytics (number of site visitors, browser types etc.), saving items to a shopping cart or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data.

Types of cookies

There are two types of cookies:

Which cookies does Life and Work use and why?

Life and Work uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best possible experience. Our cookies are completely safe and secure and will never contain any sensitive or personal information about you. They cannot be used to identify an individual. Some features may store a cookie on your computer while using them and may not work if you do not let the browser set the cookie on your computer. By continuing to use our website we will assume that you are happy to receive all of our cookies and are consenting to their use.

The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. If you continue without changing your browser settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for and are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. For example:  accessing secure areas, shopping baskets, or remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session cannot be provided.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Any data collected is limited to the website operator's use only, for managing the performance and design of the site. These cookies can be third party cookies but the information must be for the exclusive use of the publisher of the website visited.

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) to provide an enhanced, more personal experience. For instance, remembering a choice such as not to be asked again to fill in a questionnaire or user poll, or fulfilling a request by the user such as submitting a comment. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Other third party cookies

A cookie is classed as being first party if it is set by the site being visited. However, a third party cookie is issued by a different server to that of the domain being visited. It could be used to trigger a banner advert based on the visitor's viewing habits or for analytical purposes. For example, when visiting a page with content embedded from YouTube, Google or Facebook. These service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser. Such anonymous cookies may be set by that third party to track the success of their application or to customise their application to you. Life and Work does not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them, as they can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

How to control your cookies

If you don't like the idea of websites storing information on your device and find it a little intrusive, it is possible to control cookies by following the steps below. However you should be aware that you may lose some features and functionality of the website if you do so. Cookies, including those which have already been set, can be deleted from your device. Since cookies are maintained by your web browser, the method of enabling or disabling them will greatly depend on which browser you are using. In some cases, you can choose to accept cookies from the primary site, but block them from third parties.

Learn more about cookies and how to manage or disable them.

If you would like to opt out of our third party Analytical cookies, please visit Google Analytics: Learn more about Google's privacy policy

Further information on cookies

Contact, communication and e-mail newsletters

Users contacting Life and Work through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. We make every effort to ensure that any data submitted in forms on this website by users is safe and secure. This information may be required for a variety of reasons, such as to help assist us in answering any questions, queries or requests for further information submitted by the user, to create a user profile to allow them to post comments on the site, or for a subscription service such as email newsletters.

Users can subscribe to email newsletters and do so through an automated process at their own discretion. Some subscriptions may be processed manually with prior consent from the user. Email campaigns produced by this website may contain tracking facilities within the content of the email, which allows subscriber activity to be tracked and stored in a database for analytical purposes and to help improve our services and make them more relevant to the user. Users subscribing to these services are given the opportunity to unsubscribe at any time through an automated system. Instructions on how to do so can be found at the bottom of each email.

External links

Although we aim to only include quality, safe and relevant external links, third party websites have separate and independent privacy policies. Therefore, we have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these websites. Users should therefore note that they click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external websites that we link to. We do however, seek to protect the integrity of our website and welcome any feedback.

Social media

Life and Work is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy whilst using our social media channels. We advise that users act responsibly in any activity with social media and be careful and cautious with regards to their own privacy and personal information. Activity taken through any external social media channel is custom to the privacy policies of each individual outlet.

This website uses social sharing buttons to aid users in sharing content from the website to social media channels. Users do so at their own discretion and are advised that individual social media channels may track and save such requests. This website will not ask for personal or sensitive information through social media channels.

Website copyright notice

The content of these pages are owned or controlled for the purposes of copyright by Life and Work. You may download to a local hard disk and print extracts from this website for your personal use. You may also re-copy downloaded extract to others provided that you do not do so for profit.

However, reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited unless for personal use. None of the content of this website may be copied or otherwise incorporated into or stored in any other website, electronic retrieval system, publication or other work in any form (whether hard copy, electronic or other). For the avoidance of doubt, framing of this site or any part of it is not permitted without express permission.

Notwithstanding the above, caching of this site is permitted by an information service provider acting in the normal course of its business as provided for in the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002.

Any enquiries should be directed to the Editor of Life and Work -

Copyright notice for contributors

The contributor undertakes to secure copyright and other appropriate licences or consents, where necessary, for the inclusion of all material, data, images and information provided to the Editor of Life and Work to enable the Editor to incorporate such material, data, images and information on to the website.