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Privacy Policy

July 11, 2022


EQUI-SCOTIA CIC (‘we’ or ‘us’ or ‘our’), gather and process your personal information in accordance with this privacy policy and in compliance with the EU law retained version of the General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679), together with the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and relevant laws (the “Data Protection Laws”). This policy provides you with the necessary information regarding your rights and our obligations, and explains how, why, and when we process your personal data.

This Policy explains how we use any personal information we may receive about you when you use our website, request information or when you attend our training courses or use our services and contains the following information:

  • Information about us
  • Information on what we may collect
  • How we store your personal data
  • How we disclose your information
  • Your rights regarding your personal data
  • What happens when we link to other websites
  • The changes we may make to this policy.

EQUI-SCOTIA CIC’s registered office is C/O Tax Assist, 40 Cowane Street, Stirling, FK8 1JR and we are a company registered in Scotland under company number SC653658.  We are registered on the Information Commissioner's Office Register registration number  ICO:00014180258 and act as the Data Controller and Data Processor in relation to data supplied to us.  Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted at



“Any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’).”

“An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location number, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.”


“Data consisting of racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.”


EQUI-SCOTIA CIC may collect personal information about you when you:

  • Contact us via our website by completing the ‘Contact Us’ form.
  • Contact us via email.
  • Request information.
  • Register for training.
  • Attend training courses.
  • Register as a EQUI-SCOTIA CIC Practitioner.
  • Receive any of our services.
  • Apply for work with EQUI-SCOTIA CIC.

We will never collect any unnecessary personal data from you and do not process your information in any way, other than as specified in this policy.

EQUI-SCOTIA CIC takes your privacy very seriously and will never disclose, share or sell your data without your consent, unless required to do so by law. We only retain your data for as long as is necessary and for the purpose(s) specified in this policy.


The type and extent of data collected will be limited to the purpose of the collection and may include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Landline Telephone Number
  • Mobile Telephone Number
  • Training Course Application Information which includes:
  • Biometric Information
  • Health Information
  • Qualification Records
  • Training Course Assessment Information which includes:
    • Photos
    • Videos
  • Registered Practitioner Information which includes:
    • Company Name and contact details
    • Insurance Details
  • Employee Data
  • Some special category data, including:
    • Racial or ethnic origin
    • genetic or biometric data
    • sex and sexual orientation

Please note that any special category data is collected on an anonymous basis.


The purposes and reasons for processing your personal information include:

  • To respond to requests for course information.
  • To advise you of new courses that become available.
  • To follow up on Workshops to offer full course information.
  • To answer queries.
  • To offer CPD opportunities to EQUI-SCOTIA CIC Practitioners.
  • To update EQUI-SCOTIA CIC Practitioners with membership information.
  • To register students with SQA.
  • To improve courses by requesting feedback.
  • To process recruitment applications.
  • To process employee payroll information. 
  • [To ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting]


EQUI-SCOTIA CIC collects personal information:

  • Directly from recipients. e.g. If you submit an enquiry through our website or contact us via email or telephone.
  • From our ticketing partners - e.g. when you register for a course via a third party, they will pass your information to EQUI-SCOTIA CIC for processing.
  • When our services are provided with a business partner – the information is collected by the business partner in order for us to provide you with the product or service.
  • When you apply for a Training Course and submit Course application documents.
  • Directly from job applicants e.g. if you submit a job application.


We do not share or disclose any of your personal information without your consent, other than for the purposes specified in this policy or where there is a legal requirement.

EQUI-SCOTIA CIC uses selected third parties to provide our services and business functions; however, all processors acting on our behalf only process your data in accordance with instructions from us.

Your personal information may be provided to:

  • Selected third parties – such as SQA. 

At no time will any personal data held by EQUI-SCOTIA CIC be passed to organisations for marketing or sales purposes.


Cookies are small files which many web sites transfer to your hard disk. They can inform the web site what pages you visit, and your preferences, which enable web sites to provide you with a more personalised service. You can set your browser to refuse cookies, or to warn you before accepting them.

EQUI-SCOTIA CIC’s website does not use cookies.


EQUI-SCOTIA CIC takes your privacy seriously and takes every reasonable measure and precaution to protect and secure your personal data. We work hard to protect you and your information from unauthorised access, alteration, disclosure or destruction.  Where EQUI-SCOTIA CIC uses a third-party data processor we will regularly download the relevant privacy policy to retain on file. We will still be responsible for protection of your personal data.

We store all of your personal data on our servers in the United Kingdom.  Data security is of great importance to us, and to protect your data we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure data that we have collected.TIMESCALES FOR HOLDING PERSONAL DATA

Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes

EQUI-SCOTIA CIC retains personal information for only as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was provided, and we have retention policies in place to meet these obligations.

For example, SQA documents are required to be retained for a minimum of 3 years.


EQUI-SCOTIA CIC uses the following grounds for processing personal data:


The individual (you, the data subject) has given clear consent for EQUI-SCOTIA CIC to process your data for a specific purpose.  E.g., sending out course literature following a request.


The processing is necessary for a contract with you or there are specific steps required before entering into a contract.  E.g. processing registration data for SQA.


The processing is necessary for EQUI-SCOTIA CIC to comply with the law.  E.g., processing tax information to HMRC.


You have the right to access any personal information that EQUI-SCOTIA CIC processes about you and to request information about:

  • What personal data we hold about you
  • The purposes of the processing
  • The categories of personal data concerned
  • The recipients to whom the personal data has/will be disclosed
  • How long we intend to store your personal data for
  • If we did not collect the data directly from you, information about the source

If you believe that we hold any incomplete or inaccurate data about you, you have the right to ask us to correct and/or complete the information and we will strive to correct it as quickly as possible; unless there is a valid reason for not doing so, at which point you will be notified.

You also have the right to request erasure of your personal data or to restrict processing (where applicable) in accordance with the Data Protection Laws, to exercise your data portability rights, and to be informed about any automated decision-making we may use.

If we receive a request from you to exercise any of the above rights, we may ask you to verify your identity before acting on the request; this is to ensure that your data is protected and kept secure.


Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.  This policy relates only to our site and our services.

EQUI-SCOTIA CIC is not responsible for the content of any of these sites, and the content of these sites does not represent the views of EQUI-SCOTIA CIC nor does this imply our endorsement of the linked websites or any association with their operators.


We can update this policy from time to time as laws change or as our site changes. Any changes to our privacy policy will be posted on our website and updated within this policy. If we make any material changes that need your consent, we will contact you by email to do so.


EQUI-SCOTIA only processes your personal information in compliance with this privacy policy and in accordance with the relevant Data Protection Laws. If you wish to exercise your rights as specified in this policy, raise a complaint regarding the processing of your personal data or are unsatisfied with how we have handled your information, please contact us at: Data Protection Officer, EQUI-SCOTIA CIC, Email:


You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority:   Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF Telephone: 0203 123 1113

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