Privacy & Cookie Policy

In this privacy and cookie policy, references to “we”, “us” and “our” are to Brightons Parish Church, Main Street, Brightons, FK2 0JT. References to “our web site” or “the web site” are to and its subdomains. In accordance with the definition provided on the Information Commissioner’s web site (, “personal data” means data which relate to a living individual who can be identified –

(a) from those data, or
(b) from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller, and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any indication of the intentions of the data controller or any other person in respect of the individual.

Please review this privacy and cookie policy from time-to-time. We may update it periodically, and will notify you of any modifications in this section or in links from this section. If you feel that the site is not operating in accordance with the policy stated here, please contact us at the address above or by email at


Where possible, we use non-individual data and avoid the use of personal data. However, the information we collect through the web site may include:

  • Any personal details you knowingly volunteer through forms on the web site or emails sent to email addresses, such as name, address, telephone number, and so on.
  • Your preferences and use of email updates, recorded in our database or those of our service providers, and by emails we send you (if you choose to receive email updates through our lists).
  • Your IP address. This is a series of numbers unique to your computer that is automatically recorded by our web server when you request any page or component on the web site. This information is used in aggregated form to monitor the usage of the web site. Any statistics we generate will be of a general nature and will not identify any given user of the website.
  • Data recorded by the web site which allows us to recognise you and your preferred settings. This saves you from re-entering information on return visits to the site. Such data is recorded locally on your computer through the use of cookies. Most browsers can be set to reject cookies, or to warn you before downloading cookies. Information regarding this may be found in your browsers ‘help’ facility.

We collect the minimum amount of personal information necessary to operate the web site and the services provided through it, to optimise the web site’s performance and to diagnose problems with the web site. Any personal information we collect from this web site will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and other applicable laws. The details we collect will be used:

  • To process your request to receive email updates on the church and its activities.
  • To provide responses to your queries.
  • In certain cases, if you request that we do so, we may use your email address and/or mobile phone number to send you additional information about the church.

We may need to pass the information we collect to other companies for administrative purposes. We may use third parties to carry out certain activities, such as processing and sorting data, monitoring how the web site is used and sending emails for us. Third parties will not be allowed to use your personal information for their own purposes. In particular, we currently use the services of Mailchimp ( to operate our mailing lists. We believe that Mailchimp uses industry-leading measures to secure the lists administered through it and the email addresses associated with them, and although it is based in the USA, it operates in accordance with the EU’s Safe Harbour principles. If you choose to subscribe to any our lists, you will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

You have the right to request a copy of any information that we currently hold about you. In order to receive such information please send an email to or send your request, together with your contact details, to:

Brightons Parish Church
Main Street

This privacy and cookie policy covers only this web site. Neither we nor our partners are responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external websites. When we include links to other web sites, on this web site or in emails, we do so solely as a convenience to users. External web sites are subject to their own privacy policies, which may differ from ours.


What are ‘cookies’?

A cookie is a small text file which is downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a web site or application. Cookies typically contain two pieces of information:

  • The name of the web site
  • A unique ID

Your web browser then sends these cookies back to the web site or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like personalised details or user preferences. They may also be used for things such as web site authentication (logging into a web site), web site analytics (number of site visitors, browser types etc.), saving items to a shopping cart or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data.

Types of cookies

There are two types of cookies:

  • Session cookies: These allow a web site to link the actions of a visitor during a single browser session. They might be used by an internet bank or webmail service. They are not stored long term and are considered ‘less privacy intrusive’ than persistent cookies.
  • Persistent cookies: These remain on the user’s device between sessions and allow one or several web sites to remember details about the visitor. They may be used to avoid the user having to provide a password with each visit.

Which cookies does our web site use and why?

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best possible experience. Some features may store a cookie on your computer while using them and may not work if you do not let the browser set the cookie on your computer. By continuing to use our web site we will assume that you are happy to receive all of our cookies and are consenting to their use.

The types of cookies used on this web site are outlined below. If you continue without changing your browser settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our web site.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for and are essential in order to enable you to move around the web site and use its features. For example: accessing secure areas, or remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session cannot be provided.

Performance & analytics cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use a web site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a web site works. Any data collected is limited to the web site operator’s use only, for managing the performance and design of the site. These cookies can be third party cookies but the information must be for the exclusive use of the publisher of the web site visited.

Third party cookies

A cookie is classed as being first party if it is set by the site being visited. However, a third party cookie is issued by a different server to that of the domain being visited. It could be used to trigger a banner advert based on the visitor’s viewing habits or for analytical purposes. For example, when visiting a page with content embedded from YouTube, Google or Facebook. These service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser. Such anonymous cookies may be set by that third party to track the success of their application or to customise their application to you. The Church of Scotland does not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them, as they can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party web sites for more information about these cookies.

How to control your cookies

If you don’t like the idea of web sites storing information on your device and find it a little intrusive, it is possible to control cookies using the Privacy Controls on this site and by making the appropriate settings in your browser. However you should be aware that you may lose some features and functionality of the web site if you do so. Cookies, including those which have already been set, can be deleted from your device. Since cookies are maintained by your web browser, the method of enabling or disabling them will greatly depend on which browser you are using. In some cases, you can choose to accept cookies from the primary site, but block them from third parties.

Further information on cookies