Privacy and Cookies

Be Reasonable is the data controller for the purpose of personal data shared with Be Reasonable Scotland. Be Reasonable is a campaign set up to oppose criminalising reasonable chastisement. We currently have a separate campaign in each of Wales and Scotland. The campaign is an association consisting of The Christian Institute and Dr Stuart Waiton. The Christian Institute is responsible for data compliance by the campaign.

How we obtain and use personal data

Those who join our mailing list (our supporters) provide their name, email address and post code when they subscribe to our emails via our website. We ask for a post code to enable us also to send specific local information e.g. if we hold a meeting in the area.

We may also collect a record of contact and correspondence with supporters.

Those who volunteer to campaign for us provide us with their contact details so we can draw upon their services.

We use personal data to:

  • keep in touch with our supporters
  • carry out reasonable administration of our mailings
  • administer enquiries from supporters and others and keep an appropriate record of correspondence
  • manage our volunteers
  • improve our communications

We keep personal information up to date. This includes using publicly available sources to make sure we do not send emails to addresses which are no longer active.

Our responsibilities

  • We only send email mailings to those who have given their consent to us to do so. However, a person can change their mind at any time and withdraw their consent. Every email has a link to help the recipient unsubscribe if they wish to stop receiving emails.
  • In all other cases we rely upon our legitimate interests, such as in maintaining our supporter list, managing our volunteers, and keeping a records of contact and correspondence. Relying on our legitimate interests mean that we carry out an exercise to check that we will not cause harm to the data subject by processing their data, that the processing is not overly intrusive and that we will only do so in a way which is described in this privacy policy. Our legitimate interests involve establishing and maintaining our support base.

Sharing information

We will not share the personal information we hold with another organisation for their own purpose and we will never sell or trade personal information for any reason whatsoever.

There are a few situations where our legitimate interests involve us using service providers who we have contracted to provide specific services for us. For example, we use MailChimp to deliver to our supporters the emails they have signed up to receive. However, we remain in control of the information and the purpose for which it can be used. This service also uses industry standard technologies including gifs to help us monitor and improve our emails. This is done by gathering information around email opening and clicks (see: Although MailChimp hosts its data in the US, it has certified its compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.

How long we keep personal information

If a supporter unsubscribes from our emails they are removed from our mailing list. A list of unsubscribed email addresses may be kept to ensure that we do not send emails to those who no longer wish to receive them.

We do not keep personal information longer than is necessary to maintain our support. In any event, at the conclusion of the Be Reasonable Scotland campaign we will destroy all data relating to it using secure means.


We are committed to ensuring personal information is secure.

We keep personal information secure with appropriate security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of personal information.

The transmission of data across the internet is not completely secure. We cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of data will not occur whilst data is being transferred.


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to a user’s device when they visit a website.

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies for the operation, security, monitoring and improvement of our website.

Some cookies are retained in a user’s browser for only as long as they visit our website, while others may persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

Summary of cookies we use

Cookie type Name(s) Purpose
Cookie consent brs_cookie_consent Used to remember a visitor’s acceptance of our cookie notice.

In the course of a person’s visit to our website third-parties providing services on our website or having content embedded in our website may also place cookies on a user’s device to enable the functionality of their services and for their own purposes. We do not control how these third parties use cookies so our website users should refer to the third party’s own privacy and cookie policy. The table below details the third parties we have identified who may place cookies on a user’s device.

YouTube (Google) We embed videos from our official YouTube Channel.
DoubleClick (Google) As we use services from Google, they may also place
cookies on a user’s device for targeting advertising across the web.

Google’s Privacy Policy  

Facebook We enable users to follow our Facebook Page from our website. To provide this service Facebook places cookies on a user’s device for advertising purposes. If a user visits our site while logged-in to Facebook, they may place further cookies on a user’s device.

Facebook’s Privacy Policy 

Twitter We enable users to follow our Twitter Feed from our website.

Twitter’s Privacy Policy 


How do I change my cookie settings?

Our website users can delete cookies or instruct their web browser to delete or refuse cookies.
However, if a website user deletes cookies or refuses to accept them, they might not be able to use
all of the features we offer, they may not be able to store their preferences, and some of our website
pages might not display properly.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

IP Addresses

We collect the request made by a user’s browser to the server hosting this website. This includes the IP address, the date and time of connection and the page selected. We have legitimate interests in using this information to ensure the security of our website, for system administration, and to inform improvements to the website. The information is retained only for a short period of time.

Data Subject Rights

Under data protection law, a person has the following rights in relation to their personal data:

Right to access

Subject to some exemptions, the right to access a copy of the personal information that we hold about them.

Right to correct

The right to obtain from us the rectification of inaccurate or incomplete personal information we hold concerning them.

Right to erase

The right to ask us to erase their personal information in certain circumstances.

Right to restriction of processing

The right to ask us to restrict the processing of their personal information in certain circumstances.

Right to object

The right to object to our use of their personal information where we use it on the basis of our legitimate interests. We shall no longer process a person’s personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing. A person also has the right to object to processing of their personal information for direct marketing purposes.

Right to request transfer

The right to request transfer of their personal information in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. This right only applies to automated information where the processing is based on consent or under a contract.

Right to withdraw consent

The right to withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process the person’s personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before the withdrawal of consent.

More information about these rights can be found on the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Accuracy of personal information

We aim to keep our information about our supporters and those who contact us accurate as possible. If a person wishes to access, review or change the information supplied to us, they can contact us as set out below.

Contact us

To make enquiries in relation to this privacy notice, exercise any of the above rights, or to make a complaint about our use of your personal information, please contact us at or write to us at Be Reasonable Scotland c/o The Christian Institute, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8DG.

If a person is not satisfied with the way we deal with any complaint in relation to the use of their personal information they may be able to refer their complaint to the relevant data protection regulator which in the UK is the Information Commissioner’s Office.


We keep this notice under regular review. It was last updated on 8 April 2019.