Privacy Policy

This website is operated and controlled by Shetland Islands Council, a local authority established under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. Its office headquarters is located at 8 North Ness Business Park, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LZ, United Kingdom.

In terms of the Data Protection Act 2018, Shetland Islands Council (referred to in this privacy policy as “the Council”, “we” or “us”) is the data controller of personal data (information relating to identifiable living individuals) collected or obtained by or through this website.

Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential under the principles of the Data Protection Act 2018.

Shetland Islands Council is registered under the Data Protection Act 2018 and as a data controller; the register entry can be inspected at

What data we collect

  • your Internet Protocol (IP) address
  • details of which version of web browser you used
  • information on how you use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques

Where you provide your consent, we use cookies from Google Analytics and Elementor to collect information about how you use the website. This includes IP addresses.

Google Analytics processes information about:

  • the pages you visit on the website
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • where you are in the world

Elementor is a WordPress plugin used for website/content creation and does not store or share any personal data or information. Elementor cookies are stored locally, if accepted. These cookies help the site store your preferences for things like popups when you visit.

This site is built using WordPress.

WordPress uses functional cookies to process information about your visit to the site, including which browser you are using to help us make sure the site functions well while you use it.

Please read our Cookies Statement to find out about how we use cookies.

Why we need your data

We collect your personal data in order to:

  • Monitor the performance of the site and make sure everything is working as it should do
  • Improve how we deliver our service to you
  • Report to our funders on how we are performing

We use the information we collect through Google Analytics and Elementor to see how you use the site and to see how well the site performs on your device.

We do this to help us

  • understand which bits of the site are most interesting to you, so that we can give you more of the kind of information you need
  • measure whether our communication activity is working, and that we are reaching the right people who need to know about our work

Our legal basis for processing your data

The legal basis for processing data collected with Google Analytics and Elementor on this website is your consent.

How we use your data

The data we collect with Google Analytics cookies is transferred and stored with Google where we analyse it with Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics). We do not allow Google to use or share this data for their own purposes.

We will not:

  • sell or rent your data to third parties
  • share your data with third parties for marketing purposes

Where your data is processed and stored

Data collected by Google Analytics may be transferred outside the EEA for processing.

Where data processing happens in the US, suppliers need to meet the certification standards set out in the UK-US data bridge agreement. This facilitates flows of personal data to certified US companies that have opted in to the EU-US Data Privacy Framework.

How long we keep your data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as it is needed for the purposes set out in this document or for as long as the law requires us to.

Links to other websites

This website contains links to other websites.

This privacy notice only applies to this website, and does not cover any other sites that we may link to. If you go to another website from this one, read the privacy policy on that website to find out what it does with your information.

Children’s privacy protection

This website is not designed for or intentionally targeted at, children 13 years of age or younger. We do not intentionally collect or maintain data about anyone under the age of 13.

Changes to this policy

Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this website.

Summary of terms

Browser: Used to locate and display Web pages via a software application. Popular ones include Microsoft Internet Explorer,Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

IP (Internet Protocol): All networks connected to the internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.

IP address: If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this