The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is a
Non-Ministerial Department of the Scottish Administration.
information. Any personal information collected by OSCR will
be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).
OSCR seeks to ensure that the information published on its
website is up to date and accurate. However, the information on the
website does not constitute legal or professional advice and OSCR
cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use.
When we collect information and how we use it
We collect information in a number of ways:
- when you visit our website
- when you submit Annual returns
- when you apply to become a charity
- when you make changes to your charity
- when you make a complaint or enquiry
- when investigating potential misconduct, mismanagement or
- when you subscribe to our newsletter or request information
Information is used by us for the following purposes:
- to regulate charities in Scotland
- to inform investigations into allegations of misconduct,
mismanagement or misrepresentation
- to develop a regime of proactive monitoring
- to encourage and facilitate compliance and best practice within
- to inform research into the charity sector in Scotland.
Newsletter and email alerts
Information gathered on this form is used for the following
- maintaining an accurate mailing list of subscribers
- sending copies of the newsletter
- sending email alerts and updates about OSCR and related
Any personal data you provide when signing up for our newsletter
and email alerts will only be used for that purpose. This
information will not be passed to any third parties.
Any queries about the newsletter and email alerts should be sent
When we need to share your information
The information collected by OSCR may be shared with Her
Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and other regulatory bodies,
such as the Charity Commission for England and Wales, where this is
Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) page lists
the organisations with whom we have agreements and may share
information when necessary. We ensure that information is shared in
a manner that is efficient, proportionate and fully in compliance
with the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998 and
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Information on the Scottish Charity
3 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland)
Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) requires OSCR to keep a public
register of charities, review it from time to time, and keep it up
to date. The 2005 Act lists information that the Register must
contain for each charity. The information is:
- the name of the charity
- the principal office address or if the charity does not have a
principal office the name and address of one of the charity
- the charity's purposes
- certain other information (including whether it is a designated
religious charity or national collector).
* If a charity trustee's name and address are given, the name
and address will be shown on the Register.
Under section 3(4) of the 2005 Act an organisation has the right
to ask us not to publish its principal office or trustee's name and
address on the publicly available Scottish Charity Register.
We can only exclude the details from the Register if we believe
that publishing this information is likely to jeopardise the safety
or security of any person or premises.
If you consider that the address should not be shown on the
Register, please write
to us and explain why.
3. How we use
Cookies are small text files placed on your computer to store
data used by the websites that you visit. They are used to
make websites work more effectively and to provide certain
information to the site owners.
To find out more about cookies and how to manage or delete them
OSCR's Cookies Statement explains
the cookies that are used on the OSCR website and why. OSCR does
not collect any personal information via the cookies on our
Access to your information held by OSCR
The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) gives you rights to access
your own personal information. The UK Information
Commissioner's office (ICO) enforces and oversees the DPA.
Further information about the DPA is available on the ICOs website:
How do I make a request to OSCR under the
You should make a request in writing to:
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer
9 Riverside Drive
or email: email@example.com
putting 'Subject Access Request' in the title.
We will need you to supply proof of your identity, for
- a photocopy of the identification pages of your current
- a photocopy of a current photo driving licence, and
- a copy of a current utilities bill, or credit card or bank
statement which shows your address.
The information will be returned to you if requested; otherwise
it will be securely destroyed once we no longer need it.
It is helpful if you can give us any information to help narrow
the search, such as specific personal information you are looking
for or which part of OSCR you have had contact with. OSCR does not
currently charge a fee for responding to these requests.
This website contains links to other sites. OSCR cannot be held
responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external
link. Please be aware that OSCR is not responsible for the
our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the
privacy statements of each and every website that collects personal