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Privacy notice

The purpose of processing your information

The Census is carried out once every 10 years by National Records Scotland and provides evidence for the planning and funding of services in your community, such as health, schools and transport.

Scotland's Census paints an important picture of the characteristics of our population. The information is vital to help shape Scotland's future by informing key decisions on how services are planned.

The Scotland’s Census 2021 question testing research is funded by National Records Scotland.

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 ‘Public task’.

The data controller

The Registrar General for Scotland is the data controller, and Scottish Centre for Social research is the data processor.

Sharing your personal information

An anonymised version of the data set will be provided to National Records Scotland. Your answers will not be identifiable in this data.

Data retention period

Your personal data will be deleted when we no longer need it for research purposes and no later than 1 year after collection.

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,

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113