Privacy Policy

Who we are

Sunflower Scotland SCIO is a registered Scottish charity, number SC052092 (“we”, “us”, or “our”). Our website address is:

You can access The Scottish Charity Regulator’s (OSCR) page on Sunflower Scotland.

Our pledge: responsible browsing

As a charity, we only collect personal data as required by the Scots Charity law, and do not collect any “tracking” or advertising data.

What personal data we collect

We collect personal data when you do one the following actions on the website

  • Donating
  • Leaving comments to our articles
  • Watching embedded videos or using maps


When you donate on our website, we are obligated by the relevant Scots Charity law to collect personal data of the donor, such as: name, address, email and telephone number.

If you are a UK taxpayer, you may chose to submit a Gift Aid declaration, allowing us to use the UK Government Gift Aid scheme and claim additional funds from the amount of tax you paid. For this purpose, we may ask you to fill in Gift Aid Declaration and provide statutory information which the law requires us to collect.

In addition, payment provides (such as Stripe, PayPal or other) may collect your personal details in order to execute the card payment or bank transaction.

Important: when you make a card or bank transaction on our website, you are redirected to the payment provider’s page (Stripe or PayPal), and you leave our website. When you send your card number, bank details or other personal details directly to the payment provider, we do not see them, do not have access to them, and do not store them.


When you chose to leave a comment on our website, the system automatically records data which you enter in the comments form, as well as your IP address to help spam detection.

If you have a Gravatar profile picture, an anonymized string created from your email address (“hash”) may be provided to the Gravatar service. After your comment is approved, your Gravatar profile picture (if you have an account with this service) becomes visible to the public. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:

Embedded content

Sometimes we include videos from YouTube or Vimeo, or interactive maps by Google Maps (“external websites”) into our articles or pages. Please be aware that these external websites may use cookies or other tracking methods, for example if you have an account with Google or YouTube, and they may personalise their service for you in a certain way.

We do not control how external websites use cookies and collect data about you, please contact them directly for details.


We do not use any tracking cookies and do not share your information with any other websites or advertisers.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Who we share your data with

When you provide a donation and submit a Gift Aid declaration, it is required by the UK law that we will provide it to HMRC, as part of our Gift Aid application.

Auditor or Independent Examiner: we may be required to disclose part of the data to an Auditor or an Independent Examiner when preparing Statutory accounts as required by the Scots Charity law.

We may be required by law to disclose some data to the Scottish Charities Regulator or other Government bodies.

How long we retain your data

Comments: If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Donations: we store personal details of donors for five years, or as required by relevant UK and Scots Charity laws.

What rights you have over your data

Comments: You have the right to amend or delete any of your comments and your personal details on the website any time. Please contact us if you wish to do so.

Donations: you have the right to enquire what data we keep about you in relation to any donations you made, and we will provide such a record to you (within reasonable time) if requested. We be aware that we are obligated to retain this data and cannot delete it. Please contact us for any enquiries.