Privacy & Cookies

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Cookies, MG ALBA and your privacy

MG ALBA (“MGA”) is committed to preserving the privacy of all visitors to (the “Website”). The Website was designed by Infinite Eye and is developed by MGA. We know that you care how information about you is used and shared and we appreciate your trust in us to do that carefully, sensibly and lawfully.

Please read the following privacy policy to understand how we use and protect the information that you provide to us.

By using the Website, you agree to the collection, use and transfer of your information under the terms of this policy. If you do not accept the terms of this policy you must leave this Website immediately and you may not use any of the services we provide on the Website.


MGA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig (the Gaelic Media Service) a body established pursuant to section 183 of the Broadcasting Act 1990 and section 208 of the Communications Act 2003.

Data Protection Officer

We have an appointed data protection officer (DPO) who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy policy. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the DPO using the details set out below.

Our full details are:

Full name of legal entity: Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig (the Gaelic Media Service)

Email address:

Postal address: DPO, MG ALBA,  Seaforth Road. Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2SD

Telephone number: 01851 705 550

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.

Information that we collect from you

As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect: internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website (“Technical Data”) about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies.

The Technical Data is the only Personal Data we collect about you directly from the Website.

We may collect further personal data (including name, email address, phone number, address, work address i.e. “Contact” data) if you contact us by phone, email or otherwise.

We do not collect any “Special Categories of Personal Data” about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.

This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

Purpose/Activity Lawful basis for processing

To manage our relationship with you which will include: (a) Notifying you about changes to our terms or privacy policy

(a) Contact

To administer and protect our business and this website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)

(a) Contact (b) Technical

(a) Contact (b) Technical

To deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you

(a) Technical

To make suggestions and recommendations to you about goods or services that may be of interest to you

(a) Contact

More Information About Our Privacy Policy

Cookies are small text files left on your computer by many websites. They are generally used so that sites can remember you as you move around on the internet. For instance, when you add books to your basket on Amazon, a cookie is used to make sure those are the books you end up buying when you move to the check-out. Some cookies, however, are used by sites in ways which may affect your privacy. They may (for example) allow you to be tracked across the internet and use information about your browsing habits to show you certain targeted adverts.

MG ALBA makes very sparing use of cookies (and certainly does not track your visits to any other websites).

How is your personal data collected?

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

  • Direct interactions. You may give us your Personal Data by filling in forms (online of offline) or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
    •  apply for our services;
    •  request marketing to be sent to you;
    •  enter a competition, promotion or survey; or
    •  give us some feedback.
  • Automated technologies or interactions. As stated above, as you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties including analytics providers based outside the EU;

How we use of your information

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in relation to sending third party direct marketing communications to you via email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us via email or phone.

Purposes for which we will use your personal data

We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.

What are cookies?

MG ALBA uses some cookies that are not essential to the site’s functioning. If you are using cookie-blocking software you may block these cookies; although some minor functionality may be affected.

We use three third-party services that may leave cookies on your site: Google Analytics, Twitter and Facebook.

Google Analytics is widely used by many sites. MG ALBA use it to find out how many people come to the site each week, what pages they visit, and (just as importantly) don’t visit. It is done anonymously: we have no way of identifying who you are, what you’re called, where you live (although we do get an indication of which countries our users come from) or any other “personal” data. All the Google Analytics cookies have “__utm” at the start of their names.

Since we embed content from Twitter and Facebook within our sites, you may also have cookies from these two companies set on your computer as a result of visiting MG ALBA. These cookies are governed by the policies of Twitter and Facebook, and they pass no information about your online activities to MG ALBA. They can easily be identified by the domains from which they originate.

At any time you may prevent these cookies being set by using the “privacy settings” button which can always be found at the bottom right of our pages.

For any questions or concerns you may have about our use of cookies, please email the MG ALBA webmasters.

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