Privacy & Cookies

Privacy and the use of cookies in this website

This page sets out the information collected about you through the use of the National Galleries of Scotland website.

Information collected

When you use this website you may be asked to provide personal information which will allow you to access a particular service. This will happen when you:

a) register (registration is required in order to 'favourite' images and/or to obtain a personal-use license for an image)
b) fill in your information to purchase a print during express checkout
c) fill in a webform to make a query
d) fill in a webform to receive e-newsletters

Facebook authentication

If you sign into the website using a Facebook sign in as a means of authentication, you grant permission to Facebook to share your user details. This will include your name and email address which we will then use to create a National Galleries of Scotland account for you. Please be aware that this authentication also permits the sharing of your gender, date of birth, user ID, networks, location and any other information you choose to share according to your Facebook settings.

Use of cookies

Cookies are files that store information on your hard drive or browser which means the National Galleries of Scotland website can recognise that you have visited the website before. Cookies store your preferences thereby making the website easier to use. If you prefer not to receive cookies, you can adjust your browser to refuse cookies or to warn you of when cookies are being used. Disabling cookies will result in the website working less efficiently.

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how our visitors use and navigate this website. We analyse these findings so that we can continually improve the site by adding new features and content, and by removing unused functionality, to improve your experience. Analytics cookies collect information on number of users, which pages are visited, and how they navigated to the website.

During your use of this website you may be delivered cookies by third-party websites. This may happen on pages that offer YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud embedded media. The National Galleries of Scotland does not control these cookies so you should check those third-party websites for more information about their cookies. Occasionally we use online surveys using Qualaroo to help us improve our website. Cookies are used to allow the survey to be hidden on your return visits. This is to prevent you from being shown the survey again unnecessarily. Cookies are also used to record the overall number of answers to the survey questions and to link these to Google Analytics. They do not store your personal data.

Privacy and data protection

The National Galleries of Scotland complies with all applicable UK and EU data protection legislation in force in respect to any personal information you submit to us. The personal details you submit will only be used for specified purposes indicated to you and will not be passed onto unauthorised third parties without your explicit consent. You can contact us to amend or remove any information you submit to us by contacting