contactSCOTLAND – BSL is a Scottish Government funded service which enables Scottish Deaf and Deafblind British Sign Language (BSL) users to access and interact with public sector bodies, third sector services, the private sector and family and friends, hereafter referred to as ‘’services and family and friends’’. The service is provided by Sigh Language Interactions (SLI) on behalf of the Scottish Government and it offers BSL users the means to communicate in real-time, with services and family and friends, via video call and a BSL/English interpreter. The BSL user contacts the service through a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet or desktop computer and signs via the camera to the online BSL/English interpreter, who in turn calls (telephones) the services or family or friends and relays the call between the two. Services or family or friends can also phone the BSL user via the BSL/English interpreter.
The service is accessed through the website https://contactscotland-bsl.org or users can register for the free contactSCOTLAND – BSL app to use on their phone.
Who we share your data with and how long we retain your data
You can contact the service by email, text/SMS, web chat, zoom and glide, or use the ‘contact us’ form or upload a BSL video on the ‘contact us’ page. Your name, email address, phone number, web chat and/or message will be kept for 3 months and then automatically deleted. Glide messages are deleted after 1 month. Zoom calls are not recorded. SLI do not share this information.
For users that register for the contactSCOTLAND – BSL app, the personal information provided in their user profile (First and Second name, Local Authority, Extension number) will be stored. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
The only data that must be kept is your email address, so that you can obtain a new password.
Cancel app registration
To cancel your app registration just send an email to info@contactscotland-bsl asking us to delete your username. We will need your email address and/or username, first and second name. You will have to email us from the ‘registered’ email address so we know it is you that’s asking. Your username/email address and name will be deleted. If you want to use the contactSCOTLAND-BSL app again you will have start a new registration process.
What rights you have over your data
If you register for the contactSCOTLAND – BSL app or have completed a ‘contact us’ form, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any data you have provided. You can also request that any personal data held about you is erased.
If you would like to access the personal data held about you, you can make a subject access request (SAR) in writing, via an online form, by email or via official Scottish Government social media channels, along with proof of identification.
Requests made on behalf of other people
Requests made by a third party on behalf of another person will be considered, where the appropriate consent or power of attorney authority can be obtained. We will contact the third party to obtain consent or refuse the request where this cannot be obtained.
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Responding to a request
We will respond to a request as soon as possible, currently within one calendar month, as stated in the UK General Data Protection Regulation (down from the former limit of 40 days). You can contact –
- The Data Protection Officer at The Scottish Government DataProtectionOfficer@gov.scot
- In writing to – The contactSCOTLAND – BSL Contract Manager, Assisted Communications Team, Policy & Delivery Division, Directorate for Mental Health & Social Care, Scottish Government, Room GE-15, St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh EH1 3DG
If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of your enquiry or complaint please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):
Contacts for Service Enquiries or Complaints
Users can make any enquiries or complaints to the Scottish Government in writing, by email or, if preferred, email and attach a video clip in BSL to –
- The Central Enquiry Unit email@example.com (Please mark as Urgent for the attention of Alison Wellwood or Rona Tatler)