Disclaimer and limitation of responsibility
Every effort is made to ensure that the content on this site is correct, up to date and relevant. However we cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused by your use of this site. This site contains links to external sites. We are not responsible for information obtained from those sites. We do not endorse any third party information, services, products or company.
Spam and virus protection
We do not send unsolicitated e-mail, or spam. It is possible to fake, or spoof, the sender of an e-mail. There is nothing we can do to prevent this abuse of the internet. We scan every e-mail going both in and out of the organisation for malicious or inappropriate code (i.e. viruses). Suspect messages and attachments will be blocked. We do not accept liability for any inconvenience caused by the blocking of e-mail and attachments. Online contact can be made with all departments via the contact forms designed for the purpose. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system from your use of this web site.
Privacy and data protection
Some pages on this site ask for personal information. We act in accordance with legislation:
- We collect information fairly, lawfully and for specific purposes only
- Information is only for use within Scottish Borders Council, it will not be released to others without your consent unless we are required or permitted by law to disclose it
- All personal information supplied is held securely
- If you send or post offence or inappropriate material to us, or otherwise engage in disruptive behaviour, we can use whatever information is available about you to stop the behaviour. This may involve contacting relevant third parties.
Freedom of information
We are subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, which is promoted and enforced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. Please note that there is separate legislation for UK public authorities, and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is enforced by the (UK) Information Commissioner.
On 1 January 2005, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 introduced a new public right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities, including Scottish Borders Council. Freedom of Information encourages public authorities to publish more information proactively, and to develop a greater spirit of openness. We aim to conduct business in an open and accountable way, and supports the principles of Freedom of Information legislation.
Copyright and intellectual property
Names, images and logos identifying Scottish Borders Council are subject to copyright, and design rights.
The copyright of most of the information available throughout this web site belongs to Scottish Borders Council. Unless otherwise stated, this information may be copied by you free of charge without obtaining formal permission, but only if it is produced accurately and not used in a misleading context or for commercial purposes, and provided you identify the source of the material and acknowledge the owner of the copyright.
However, the Council does not hold the copyright of all information on the web site. Where the copyright holder is a third party (such as the Crown), you must get prior permission from the copyright holder before copying any material (including, but not limited to, maps, plans, reports etc.). You must read and comply with any copyright notices contained in the pages or publications available on this web site.
Abusive or offensive communication
Members of the public are encouraged and welcomed to contact Scottish Borders Council. Scottish Borders Council aims to respond to each communication as quickly as possible. However, all communications will be subject to scrutiny and the laws of Scotland and Scottish Borders Council will take action if it finds the material offensive or abusive in any way.