Data privacy information for participants of abortion protest and vigil research

Abortion Protest and Vigil research – data privacy information for participants

Rocket Science UK Ltd is an independent research and consultancy organisation registered as a company in Scotland. This privacy policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you when you give you take part in this research and give consent for your data to be shared. 

We are committed to protecting the personal data we hold in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and UK GDPR 2021. We recognise that is it your data and we treat it with respect.

What data we collect about you

The data we collect is tailored specifically to the research project we are undertaking. 

We will collect monitoring data about you on the following:

  • Your name
  • Contact details (email, address, postcode)

In addition, we might ask you to take part in follow up interviews and/or surveys. 

How we use your personal data

Our research is done on behalf of Scottish Government. We will use your data for the sole purpose to research the impact that protests and vigils outside of healthcare facilities might have had. You can find out more details on how we will use and process your data below. 

How we store your personal data

Your data might be stored in all or some of the following locations:

  • We will store your data on our cloud based shared filing system SharePoint. SharePoint is a Microsoft product attached to Office 365. All access to our SharePoint is password protected and any files containing personal data have additional password protection. Any device with access to our SharePoint is also password protected and stored securely.
  • If you take part in any survey with us, your data will be held by SmartSurvey. You can read more about their data policy here

We hold all personal data securely and in accordance with the UK GDPR 2021. We will retain personal data securely and only in line with how long it is necessary to keep for the purposes or for a legitimate and lawful reason. The controller is Rocket Science, registered at 22 Stafford Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7BD.

We require a legal basis to process your personal and sensitive data. The legal basis we will be using for this project is:

  • Consent: the individual has given clear consent for you to process their personal data for a specific purpose.

How long will we keep your data?

We keep your personal data on file after the research project is complete to enable us to complete further processing should this be requested by the Scottish Government as part of the contract we hold with them. We will not process your data outwith the requirements of this contract. We will delete your personal data once we are comfortable that it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was processed, and within 6 months of the closure of the research. 

Access, check or update your personal data

You can contact us at any time to check what personal data we hold for you, or to make changes to it, via the Contact Form on our website or by emailing

You can ask us to delete any personal information that we hold and/or stop sending you information at any time via the Contact form on the website or by emailing

You have the right, to request details of personal information that we hold about you from us. You can make such a request by email using the Contact Form on the website or by emailing We will take steps to confirm your identity before releasing any information to you. We will always try to respond to your request within 10 working days, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

It is your right to know what personal information we hold about you and if necessary, have it corrected. If having contacted us, you do not receive the service to which you feel that you are entitled, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, The Information Commissioner’s Office –

How to contact us

If you have any questions about our privacy statement, the data we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact our data protection officer Irene Kinroy.

 [CB1]Up date to be specific to the project – discuss with me if unsure