Privacy Statement

Glasgow Life is committed to protecting your personal information and respecting your privacy. 

Please read this Privacy Statement carefully as it contains essential information on who we are and how and why we collect, store, use and share your personal information. It also explains your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us, our data protection officer or the supervisory authority in the event you have a complaint.

Last updated June 2024

You are giving us information to allow us to provide the service you request or are entitled to. This will involve using your personal information.

Glasgow Life is the controller of personal information collected for our processing purposes. See below for our contact details and our Data Protection Officer.

  • Glasgow Life (and its sub-brands) are operating names of Culture and Sport Glasgow (“CSG”) a Scottish charity (No SCO37844) incorporated under the Companies Acts and limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland with Company No SC313851.
  • Culture and Sport Glasgow (Trading) CIC (“CSG CIC”) is a trading subsidiary of CSG, a community interest company, registered in Scotland with Company No SC313850.

CSG and CSG CIC (registered office at Commonwealth House, 38 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1LH) are collectively referred to by CSG’s operating name “Glasgow Life” for the purposes of our privacy statement and privacy notices (available at:

  • Culture and Sport Glasgow is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office under registration number: Z9838695
  • Culture and Sport Glasgow (Trading) CIC is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office under registration number: Z9838741

We only ask for the minimum personal data necessary to provide the service you request or are entitled to, and in most cases, this includes but is not limited to, your name and contact details and other personal data required.

The purpose of processing is the service or entitlement for which the information is being collected, and your personal data will not be used for another purpose, unless further specified on the form collecting the information, or otherwise provided to you as appropriate, or as provided for by law.

Please refer to the specific purposes on the form for further processing of your information.

We also use your information to verify your identity where required, contact you by post, email or telephone and to maintain our records.

Also, in the event of an emergency or civil incident, it may be necessary to collect your personal information to assist you, or protect you or others from harm.

For a number of areas of activity, we also receive information from third parties. For the majority, this is from other public authorities, such as the police and court service, NHS, HM Revenues and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions. However, it could also be from other local authorities, Regulators and from members of the public.

Where possible, new IT systems and the development of existing IT systems will make use of system generated or anonymised data in test environments. However, there may be circumstances in which test environments, their users and their developers appointed by Glasgow Life/Glasgow City Council, such as CGI, may be required to utilise your personal data in a test environment. In such circumstances, Glasgow Life/Glasgow City Council require that development and test activity comply with data protection legislation, taking reasonable steps to protect your personal data.

Details of how this information is passed between us all is given in the specific privacy notices, relating to functions where we routinely receive personal information from third parties.

For using your information: The precise legal basis for us using your personal information will vary depending on which service we are providing to you. However, in most cases this will be because it is necessary for us to use your personal information to perform a task carried out in the public interest by us. If we are using your personal information on a different basis to this, this will be explained in the specific privacy notices, relating to those functions.

Processing non-sensitive personal information is carried out under one or more of the following:-

  1. Necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest by Glasgow Life
  2. Necessary for the performance of a contract with you (or to take steps to enter into a contract with you)
  3. Necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which Glasgow Life is subject
  4. On the basis of your consent
  5. Necessary to protect the vital interests of you or another person
  6. Necessary for the legitimate interests of Glasgow Life or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by your interests, rights or freedoms

If we are using your information because:

  • it is required for us to have a contract with you


  • we are providing a service to you under a public task

then if you do not provide us with the information we have asked for, we may not be able to provide that service to you.

Sensitive information: For some activities, we also need to process more sensitive personal information about you for reasons of substantial public interest as set out in the Data Protection Act 2018. It is necessary for us to process this more sensitive information for a number of reasons, these include:

  • To carry out key functions as set out in law.
  • In order to meet our legal obligations in relation to employment, social security and social protection law.
  • In order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of others in circumstances where we will not be able to seek your consent.
  • Where this is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
  • For purposes of the provision of social care and the management of health and social care systems and services where this is necessary in the public interest in the area of public health.
  • For archiving, research and statistical purposes.

Glasgow City Council and its ALEOs are collectively referred to in this privacy statement as ’the council family’.

We are legally obliged to safeguard public funds, so we are required to verify and check your details internally and across the council family to prevent fraud – and we may share this information with other public bodies for the same purpose.

In the event of an emergency or civil incident we may share your information with other organisations in order to provide services to you.

We are also legally obliged to share certain data with other public bodies, such as HMRC, and will do so where the law requires this. In general, we will comply with requests for specific information from other regulatory and law enforcement bodies where this is necessary and appropriate or share information with them if it is in our own legitimate interests to do so.

Your information is also analysed internally to help us improve our services.

Information is also shared across the council family.

This data sharing is in accordance with our Information Use and Privacy Policy which can be viewed on our web site at:

We will not sell or rent your information to any third-party organisations. 

In order to provide services to you, we may need to appoint other organisations to carry out some activities on our behalf. These may include, for example, payment processing organisations, delivery organisations, mailing houses and contractors or consultants providing services to Glasgow Life (or directly to service users) where we need to provide them with personal information to allow them to provide these services on our behalf. We select these organisations carefully and put measures in place to make sure that they only follow our instructions when processing your personal information.

If any apply: Almost all Glasgow Life data is held within the UK. Any overseas data transfers require additional internal approvals and we only send data overseas where we have been able to put in place measures to make sure that your personal information is as safe and respected in the overseas country, or countries in question, as it is in the UK. If we need to transfer your personal information overseas in relation to a particular activity, this will be explained in the specific privacy notice relating to that function along with a description of the protective measures we have put in place to keep it secure. We will always respect your privacy and security if we transfer your data abroad. 

Depending on age requirements or the nature of service requested, where it is necessary to process a child’s personal information on the basis of consent, we may need the consent of the person with parental responsibility for the child. This will be specified on the form if applicable.

If you have provided anyone else’s details on this form, please make sure that you have told them that you have given their information to Glasgow Life. We will only use this information to respond to your comment, compliment, or complaint. If they want any more information on how we will use their information they can visit our web site at:

Profiling or automated decision-making: We make some use of automated decision-making and profiling for personalisation of our direct marketing. Where these techniques are used elsewhere, this will be explained in the specific privacy notices relating to those functions, together with a description of the reason involved in any automated decision-making.

In the event of an emergency or civil incident we may use data matching to help us or the Council family identify people who need additional support, or if an incident affects the Council family, we may also need to share information with partner organisations in order to respond to it.

You may choose to opt in or to restrict the collection or use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes, which includes personalisation. Whenever you are asked to fill in a form, look for the box that you can tick to indicate that you consent to hear from us. If you have previously consented for marketing purposes, you can withdraw your consent by contacting us, or for every electronic marketing message we send you, there is also an unsubscribe link, and where applicable, a link where you can update all your preferences and personalisation options in a user preferences control portal.

We do not intentionally contact children under 13 without the consent of the person with parental responsibility (see children's data above). Keep in mind, even if you unsubscribe, we may still need to contact you.

A payment card or direct debit instruction can be presented by a user, to a payment processing service or device which we subscribe to. We do not process the card number details directly but do store bank account details where you have requested that we collect payment by direct debit. For one-off card payments on behalf of a cardholder, our staff may occasionally enter payment card details into a payment processing service or device. If our staff enter cardholder details on behalf of the user, it is entered only as instructed and not recorded or stored in any permanent form.

We understand that you care about your privacy and we take this responsibility seriously. Glasgow Life will always respect and treat your personal information with the due care that you have entrusted us. We promise to take all reasonable steps to keep your details secure by ensuring appropriate technical and organisational measures are in place to safeguard your information.

Some information is analysed after collection and during use to provide anonymised statistical information to help improve services, monitor equality and other similar purposes. This is carried out with safeguards in accordance with our Information Use and Privacy Policy.

We only keep your personal information for the minimum period amount of time necessary. Sometimes this time period is set out in the law, but in most cases it is based on the business need. Glasgow Life maintains a records retention and disposal schedule which sets out how long we hold different types of information for. This is available on our website at

Access to your information – you have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you.

Correcting your information – we want to make sure that your personal information is accurate, complete and up to date. Therefore you may ask us to correct any personal information about you that you believe does not meet these standards.

Deletion of your information – you have the right to ask us to delete personal information about you where:

  • you think that we no longer need to hold the information for the purposes for which it was originally obtained;
  • we are using that information with your consent and you have withdrawn your consent – see Withdrawing consent to using your information;
  • you have a genuine objection to our use of your personal information – see Objecting to how we may use your information below; or
  • our use of your personal information is contrary to law or our other legal obligations.

Objecting to how we may use your information – You have the right at any time to tell us to stop using your personal information for direct marketing purposes.

Restricting how we may use your information – in some cases, you may ask us to restrict how we use your personal information. This right might apply, for example, where we are checking the accuracy of personal information that we hold about you or we are assessing the objection you have made to our use of your information. This right might also apply if we no longer have a basis for using your personal information, but you don't want us to delete the data. Where this right is realistically applied will mean that we may only use the relevant personal information with your consent, for legal claims or where there are other public interest grounds to do so.

Withdrawing consent using your information – Where we use your personal information with your consent you may withdraw that consent at any time and Glasgow Life will stop using your personal information for the purpose(s) for which consent was given.

Please contact us if you wish to exercise any of these rights.

For general enquiries, queries or exercising your data protection rights, you can contact Glasgow Life by:

  • Post: 38 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1LH
  • Telephone: 0141 287 4350
  • Email:

We aim to resolve all complaints about the way Glasgow Life processes your personal information. You can contact our data protection officer about any data protection matter but you also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details for our data protection officer and the ICO are available on our website at:

Please note if your complaint is not about a data protection matter or concerns the handling of your personal information, please contact us using the complaints procedures in place at: