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Privacy Policy

July 2017

This privacy policy sets out how the Harris Tweed Authority (HTA) uses and protects any information it holds or receives from third parties.

The HTA is committed to ensuring that the privacy of its customers, clients, stakeholders and service users is protected. In circumstance whereby the HTA holds information by which you can be identified then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

The HTA may change this policy from time to time. This policy is effective from 10th July 2017.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name
  • address
  • postcode
  • telephone contact number
  • email address/website
  • business name
  • job title
  • D.O.B
  • Weaving (production) data
  • Harris Tweed cloth purchases and label sales

What we do with the information we gather

The HTA requires this information primarily for internal record keeping purposes and to be able to contact you in relation to your work with Harris Tweed. It is important also that the HTA understands your needs and provide you with a better service. We may on occasion use the information held for the following reasons:

  • to advise you about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email or postal address which you have provided
  • to improve our products and services


The HTA is committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

HTA Website

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the HTA website.

Links to other websites

The HTA website contains links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at

The HTA will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to us at the address below.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible:

2 Cromwell Street
Isle of Lewis

We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Lorna Macaulay
Chief Executive
Harris Tweed Authority