Privacy policy

The Homes First Survey website is operated by the parliamentary office of Andy Wightman MSP. We hope this privacy policy covers everything you need to know - please contact us if you have any questions. We never share your personal information, or use it for purposes other than those listed below, unless we are obliged to by law.

What data we collect and how we use it

When you use the Homes First Survey website, we collect:

  • Your name

  • Your postcode

  • Your email address

  • Your phone number

Your personal details are stored in a database that only our parliamentary staff have access to. We may use your contact details to verify the information you've sent us. If you ask us directly to follow up on your concerns about short-term lets, and you are a constituent, we will use your contact details to do so.

The information you give us regarding the location of short-term lets is collated onto a spreadsheet. We intend to use this information to track the scale and nature of the problem, and inform our response to the Scottish Government's proposed licensing scheme. Your name, postcode, email address and phone number will not be published on the website or shared with anyone else.

We plan on retaining any personal data you give us for no more than two years, after which time it will be deleted.

If you use the subscribe box in our footer to subscribe to updates, or subscribe to our updates when using the reporting form, we will store your email address in our database of Homes First subscribers. We use this to periodically update interested parties on the short-term lets situation in Scotland.

How we store your data

Unless you contact us directly, your data is stored only in the database connected to this website, which only our staff have access to. Wix is a trusted website host and is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.

When you contact us

Your message will be handled only by our parliamentary staff. If you have submitted information about a property in Fife, the office of Mark Ruskell will handle it. If you have submitted information about a property elsewhere in Scotland, the office of Andy Wightman will handle it.

Your rights

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you 8 rights:

  1. The right to be informed: we are required to be transparent about how we are using your personal data 

  2. The right of access: you have the right to know exactly what information we are holding about you and how it is processed.

  3. The right of rectification: you can change your personal data if it is inaccurate or incomplete 

  4. The right to erasure or 'the right to be forgotten': you can have your personal data deleted or removed without needing to specify a reason 

  5. The right to restrict processing: you have the right to suppress processing of your personal data.

  6. The right to data portability: you can retain and reuse their personal data for your own purpose.

  7. The right to object: in certain circumstances, you are entitled to object to your personal data being used

  8. Rights of automated decision making and profiling: you are protected by GDPR against potentially damaging decisions made without human intervention

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