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Legal Notices & Social Media Guidance

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Whilst every effort is made to keep the information on this site accurate and up-to-date, Aberdeenshire Council shall not be liable for any loss of any kind whatsoever in consequence of the use of contents of this site.

None of the guidance contained within this website is intended to be legal advice. If you are unsure of your legal rights in connection with any matter you should obtain independent legal advice.

Social Media

Aberdeenshire Council uses a number of social media channels and online communities to interact with local residents and businesses including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The council wants to provide as many different methods of engagement as possible for residents. The development of social media is important in including a wider spectrum of people into conversations about Aberdeenshire.

Rules and guidelines

Pre-election publicity rules

In the six week run up to an election - local, general or European - councils have to very careful not to do or say anything that could seen in any way to support any political party or candidate. We will continue to publish important service announcements using social media but may have to remove responses if they are overtly party political.


Users who interact with Aberdeenshire Council via social media should note that certain behaviour will not be accepted on any of the sites. Users are advised to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Be civil, tasteful and relevant.
  • Do not post messages that are unlawful, libellous, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive.
  • Do not swear.
  • Do not post content copied from elsewhere, for which you do not own the copyright.
  • Do not post the same message, or very similar messages, more than once (also called "spamming").
  • Do not publicise your, or anyone else's, personal information, such as contact details.
  • Do not advertise products or services.
  • Do not impersonate someone else.


Please take care not to make libellous statements. In law this means a statement that lowers the reputation of a person or organisation in the eyes of a reasonable person. By publishing such a statement both the person who wrote it and the administrators of the platform it is posted on can get into serious trouble. We will therefore take down any statement that could be deemed to be libellous.



Aberdeenshire Council is not responsible for the accuracy of material on linked sites, does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them, and does not guarantee that links to external sites will work at all times.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey maps, and maps created from Ordnance Survey material are subject to Crown copyright. They may be downloaded to file or printer for private or non-commercial uses only. The mapping may not be further exploited without prior written permission of Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey shall not be held liable for the Map Material not being fit for your purposes or applications. Further details can be found on the Ordnance Survey Website.

Data Protection and Privacy

Aberdeenshire Council supports the objectives and principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. No personal data is obtained from this site without your knowledge or permission. Any information which is voluntarily submitted, either by email or through online forms, will be:

  • processed fairly and lawfully;
  • obtained and processed only for lawful purposes;
  • adequate, relevant and not excessive;
  • accurate and, where necessary, kept up-to-date;
  • not kept for longer than is necessary;
  • processed with regard for the rights of the data subjects;
  • protected against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss or damage; and
  • transferred only to countries with similar regulations in force.

If you have any queries concerning your personal data at Aberdeenshire Council please email dataprotection@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or write to::

Data Protection Officer
Aberdeenshire Council
St Leonard's
Sandyhill Road
AB45 1BH

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner's Office.

Information about specific Aberdeenshire Council Forms and their purpose/disclosures can be viewed in more detail.

Subject Access Requests

Advice for members of the public enquiring about their rights under the Data Protection Act 1988 and / or requesting access to personal data held about them (i.e. making a Subject Access Request) :


Inaccurate or incomplete data

If you feel that a Council Service holds inaccurate or incomplete data about you please contact the relevant Council service requesting that they rectify the data. If the Council Service agrees that the information is inaccurate or incomplete, it will rectify any inaccuracies to ensure compliance with Principle 3 of the Data Protection Act.


Aberdeenshire Council's Data Protection Notification


Information Commissioners OfficeThis Information Commissioner's Office enables you to search the Aberdeenshire Council's Data Protection Register. Enter the reference number Z6501842 and click on the Search Register button.


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Aberdeenshire Council uses two types of cookie on this website:

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Cookies cannot be used by anyone else who has access to the computer to find out anything about you, other than the fact that someone using the computer has visited a certain website.

Cookies do not in any way compromise the security of your computer.

Cookies will not be used to contact you for marketing purposes.

Cookies may be used to record details of pages relating to Council services that you have visited on this website. This is to provide Aberdeenshire Council with generic usage statistics to allow the company to improve this website and to provide you with information that may interest you.

In order to develop this website in line with customer needs Aberdeenshire Council is working with Google to track usage on this website. Google Analytics provide statistics to show which pages on this website are visited most frequently and how long visitors spend on this website.

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Fair Processing Notice - National Fraud Initiative Privacy Notice - National Fraud Initiative (NFI)

This authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Accounts Commission appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of this authority. It is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Audit Commission currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data (which may include contact details) to the Audit Commission for matching for each exercise and these are set out in the Audit Commission's guidance which can be found at:
Audit Commission - National Fraud Initiative

The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice. This may also be found at:
Audit Commission - Code of Data Matching Practice

For further information on the Audit Commission's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information see:
Audit Commission - Fair Processing Notice