Terms & Conditions

A Million Reasons 

Term and Conditions, Privacy and Data Protection

A Million Reasons is a project originated and run by volunteers in North West Skye in support of Scottish Independence. We welcome your contribution of your ‘Reasons’ for supporting Scottish Independence from wherever you are across the world.

Terms and Conditions

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

  • This website uses cookies to monitor browsing preferences. 

When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • To enable certain functions of the Service
  • To provide analytics
  • To store your preferences

Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:

  • Essential cookies. We may use cookies to remember information that changes the way the Service behaves or looks, such as a user’s language preference on the Service.
  • Accounts-related cookies. We may use accounts-related cookies to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. We may use these cookies to remember information that changes the way the Service behaves or looks, such as the “remember me” functionality.
  • Analytics cookies. We may use analytics cookies to track information how the Service is used so that we can make improvements. We may also use analytics cookies to test new  pages, features or new functionality of the Service to see how our users react to them.

Third-party cookies

In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, and to improve functionality etc.

What are your choices regarding cookies

If you’d like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

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  • A Million Reasons is a project exclusively in support of Scottish Independence. It is curated by a voluntary team of editors. ‘Reasons’ which are not congruent with the intention and values of the site will be excluded. The editors’ decisions are final.


  • The ‘Reason’ you contribute to the site, by whatever means, should be your own ‘Reason’. When you tick the Terms and Conditions box you are explicitly confirming the authenticity of your ‘Reason’ as belonging to you. It is not congruent with the intention of the site that you submit images of other people and attribute your ‘Reasons’ to them and such instances will be excluded from the site where their inauthenticity is judged to be apparent to the site’s editors. People in a public place where they can have no expectation of privacy appearing in the background of your ‘Reason’ is deemed acceptable in most instances.


  • This website and its contents are copyright of © A Million Reasons, 2019. When you provide consent to the terms and conditions of www.http://AMillionReasons.Scot and upload a ‘Reason’ to the site, you grant copyright of your ‘Reason’ to A Million Reasons. This makes your ‘Reason’ available for further distribution in support of Scottish Independence. A Million Reasons grants permission and actively supports and promotes the redistribution and reproduction of ‘Reasons’ both online (respecting the optional information you gave when uploading your ‘Reason’) and offline (where permitted). Your email address will never be disclosed or made public. ‘Reasons’ may be distributed to social media platforms and as artefacts in the physical world, where permitted.


  • Your use of any information or materials from the Million Reasons project is entirely at your own risk, for which we are not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any information available through this website meet your specific requirements.


  • All trademarks reproduced in this website which are not the property of, or licensed to, the operator, are acknowledged on the website.


  • In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.


  • From time to time this Million Reasons website or other Million Reasons social media platforms may also include links to other websites which the editors consider to be relevant. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content or operation of linked website(s).


  • Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, A Million Reasons takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.


  • Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose although we will work hard to ensure its correctness. You acknowledge that information and materials you submit may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.


  • Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of Scotland.


  • By agreeing to these terms and conditions, you agree that A Million Reasons will send you occasional emails to update you with developments in the project. If you wish to opt out from these emails, please contact: compliance@amillionreasons.scot.

Privacy, the General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018


The table below lists examples of how we use your data and our justification and legal basis for it.

Purpose Legal Basis and justification
Send your ‘Reason’ through social media channels. In pursuit of an activity that supports or promotes democratic engagement. When you upload your ‘Reasons’ to our website you are providing us with your consent to process your data for these purposes and a legitimate interest doing so.
Send you messages about our campaign. In pursuit of an activity that supports or promotes democratic engagement. When you sign up to receive emails from A Million Reasons you are providing us with your consent to process your data for these purposes.
Contact you about issues or queries that you have told us about. In pursuit of an activity that supports or promotes democratic engagement and the legitimate interest of ensuring that you are satisfied.
Process your donation, should you make one. We have a legitimate interest to process your donation. And by donating you provide your consent that we process your donation.

A Million Reasons is a not-for-profit organisation and is currently exempt from registering under the Data Protection Act 2018, although we are obliged to comply with the terms of the Act. This Privacy Policy has been created in order to ensure that you are satisfied with the way we protect your data and to be transparent in how we deal with it. Even though we are exempt from registration, we will process your data as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. This privacy policy for A Million Reasons includes our website www.amillionreasons.scot and it was published on 31st of March 2019.

Contacting us about Data Protection:

If you have any questions about this policy or for more information about how we use your data or would like to exercise any of your rights, you can contact our Data Protection Officer, Richard Saville-Smith, by email at: compliance@amillionreasons.scot or by telephone at: +44 (0) 7379 351 611

We are happy to make this policy available in other accessible formats. If you wish to obtain a copy in an accessible format please ask at compliance@amillionreasons.scot

What information do we collect?

Along with information which is publicly accessible, e.g. on social media, the information we collect about you is the optional information you directly provide when contributing your ‘Reasons’ to A Million Reasons.

Along with your ‘Reason’ for supporting Scottish Independence, the optional information may include:

  • name
  • what you do
  • demographic data (country, local authority in Scotland)
  • if you choose to make a donation, financial transaction data
  • IP address, cookies and other technical information that you may share when you interact with our website.

How we use your information and why we are allowed to use it:

How your data is used is protected by law and we only use your data where we have an acceptable reason for doing so. The reasons we process your data are:

  • in pursuit of an activity that supports or promotes democratic engagement (Public Interest), or
  • when it is our legal duty (legal obligation), or
  • when you provide consent (consent), or
  • in order to fulfil a contract with you (contract), or
  • when we have a legitimate interest (legitimate interest).

Our legitimate interests:

Our objective is to promote the cause of Scottish Independence and the recovery of our nation from the circumstances which characterise the UK government in Westminster.

In order to do this, we rely upon the support of volunteers and supporters. If you participate in the A Million Reasons campaign, we have a legitimate interest in processing your data and periodically contacting you about matters relating to the Independence of Scotland which may be of interest to you.

Data Processed with your Consent

Where we use consent as our legal basis for processing your data, or process special categories of your data on the basis of your explicit consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. This does not affect our right to process your data before you decide to withdraw your consent. You can withdraw consent at any time by emailing compliance@amillionreasons.scot

Who we share your data with:

We will never sell your data or your personal information. By uploading a ‘Reason’ to the website you are giving informed consent that your ‘Reason’ may subsequently be shared through social media channels and displayed as a physical artefact (subject to the optional information you have provided). Data is only ever shared where we have a justification and when the law allows us to do so.

Where we use a service provider to process your data on our behalf, such as Paypal or an online banking system, we will ensure that this processing is governed by a legally enforceable contract which sets out their responsibilities for protecting your data and your rights.

If we share data with the wider Yes movement, we will ensure that the recipient of the data signs an undertaking that they will use the data only for the purposes for which it was provided: i.e. your support for Scottish Independence, and will take necessary measures to ensure its security.

How long we retain your data for:

We constantly review the data that we hold and regularly review its relevance and our need to store it. Whilst we do not set finite periods for data retention, we use several factors to determine whether we need to store the data. Factors we take into consideration are:

  • retention periods as required by law – there is a statutory duty to retain financial information for a period of 6 years
  • the purpose for which the data was provided or obtained
  • our legitimate interests in holding onto your data
  • whether retaining your data will infringe your rights over your data
  • legal and regulatory obligations that may require reference to your data

Once Scottish Independence has been achieved, the Million Reasons campaign will be wound up and archived.

Until then, you will always have the opportunity to opt out of receiving any messages from the Million Reasons project or to exercise any of your legal rights.

Log Files and Statistics

We use IP addresses, URL’s of requested resources, timestamps and HTTP user-agents to analyse trends, administer the system and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. In addition to this we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help analyse how visitors use our site. The information generated by the cookie about the use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your Web browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to make full use of our website. By using the Million Reasons website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How we protect your data:

The security of your data is paramount to the Million Reasons project and as such, we ensure that appropriate technical and organisational measures are in place to protect it. We constantly review our measures to ensure that your data is protected from any threats that may emerge.

Your rights over your data

Right of access to your data

You have the right to request a copy of your personal information that we hold. This is commonly known as a Subject Access Request.

We follow the ICO’s “Subject Access Code of Practice” when dealing with requests for access to personal data. You can read this code by visiting https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/2014223/subject-access-code-of-practice.pdf

Right of rectification of your data

You have the right to request that inaccurate or incomplete information that we hold about you is corrected.

Right to be forgotten

At any time you can ask for the data we hold about you to be erased from our records by contacting compliance@amillionreasons.scot. When we do so, we keep the bare minimum of your information in order to continue to respect your wishes.

Right to restriction of processing

You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your data where you are contesting the accuracy of the data or when the data has been unlawfully processed.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have the data we hold about you transferred to a third party organisation and you can ask that we provide it in a machine readable format.

Making a complaint

If you are unhappy with the way that we have processed or handled your data then you have a right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is the supervisory body authorised by the Data Protection Act 2018 to regulate the handling of personal data within the United Kingdom.

The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office are:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/