1.    Introduction

At BARKING CAT PET PHOTOGRAPHY, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

  • We will carefully consider what personal information we ask you to provide to us and information collected through the operation of our services.
  • We will store personal information for only as long as we have reason to retain it.
  • We aim to make it as simple as possible for you to give, change and withdraw consent for your personal information (including photos where you are identifiable.)
  • We aim for full transparency on how we collect, use and share your personal information.

This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website (,  how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to or writing to Kim Smith, BARKING CAT PET PHOTOGRAPHY, 36 Eskview Avenue, Musselburgh EH21 6NR.

2.   How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about with your consent when you use our website, for example, when you contact us for information about services, place an order or ask to join an email list.  We also collect information in print form from face-to-face contact that is then processed electronically.  Examples might include your name and address given at an event to post a product to you or a record of your agreement to terms and conditions at the start of a photo shoot.

3.    What type of information is collected from you?

The personal information you directly supply by consent and that we collect might include: your name, address, email address, telephone number and information regarding what pages on our website are accessed and when.

In some circumstances, photos we take that include recognisable people and/or where people are the main subject, may be considered to be personal data.  We will request consent for processing such images, just as we would for other forms of personal data.  We do not, however, use facial recognition software that could potentially attach other forms of personal data to images.

4.   How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

  • Send you communications that you have requested and may be of interest to you. This might include costings for requested services, updates on our activities, services and offers and other updates related to the pet-keeping and animal welfare in Scotland.
  • Administer photo session and event bookings.
  • Process orders for goods and services.
  • Process information requests that you have submitted.
  • Carry out obligations related to any contracts entered into by you and BARKING CAT PET PHOTOGRAPHY.
  • Seek your views and/or comments on the services we provide.
  • Notify you about changes to our services.

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations (for example tax records). We will hold your personal information on our systems only for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us. For the purposes of marketing, we shall reconfirm your desire to receive communications from us every 24 months. You may unsubscribe at any time.

5.    Who has access to your information?

We will not give, sell or rent your information to third parties.   We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

6.   Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf:

We may pass your information to our third party service providers, agents subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services our behalf (e.g. to fulfil your order, to process payments, etc.).

However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties beyond BARKING CAT PET PHOTOGRAPHY, unless we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime

7.   Data Protection Legislation

Our business, internal computer systems and this website is designed to comply with the following national and international legislation with regards to data protection and user privacy:

  • UK Data Protection Act 1988 (DPA)
  • EU Data Protection Directive 1995 (DPD)
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR)

This site’s compliance with the above stringent legislation, means that this site is likely compliant with the data protection and user privacy legislation set out by many other countries and territories as well.

8.   Your choices

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you do not want to receive direct marketing communications from us about our work or our products and services, then you can unsubscribe from our communications using the link at the bottom of all our marketing emails at any time.

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or text message unless you have given your prior consent or where there could be a legitimate business interest. We will not contact you for marketing purposes by post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting us by email: or by phone on 078 4391 4228.

9.  How you can access and update your information

The accuracy of your information is important to us. We’re working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that we hold about you. In the meantime, if you change email address, or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please email us at: or phone on 078 4391 4228.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information BARKING CAT PET PHOTOGRAPHY holds about you We may charge £10 for information requests to cover our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

You have the right to ask for all the information BARKING CAT PET PHOTOGRAPHY holds about you to be deleted and erased from our systems. To do this, please send us an email to  from the email account we have on record for you and we shall delete and erase all data we hold on you from our systems that we are legally able to do.

10.   Data Breaches

We will report any unlawful data breach of this website’s database or the database(s) of any of our third party data processors to any and all relevant persons and authorities within 72 hours of the breach if it is apparent that personal data stored in an identifiable manner has been stolen.

11.  Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. This website does not accept online transactions. and we do not routinely request information that is personal and sensitive.

Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

12.   Use of the Identifiable Images

It benefits BARKING CAT PET PHOTOGRAPHY to show examples of our creative work on this website and corresponding social media channels, and/or to share these images with other organisations (e.g. animal welfare charities, pet related businesses, etc.).  We endeavour to seek consent from individuals for recognisable images of them to be used in this way – for example at the beginning of a photo session.  We will explain how the images will be used before asking for your consent.

Some people may benefit from limitations on the sharing of recognisable images of them.  Therefore, you have the right to request that text accompanying an image is anonymised (e.g. no name, only initials, no location or other identifying information.)   You may also request in writing that any identifiable and commissioned images be erased from our website, social media channels and any other online sources.   Please see contact details in section 1 of this policy.

13.   Downloads & Media Files

Any downloadable documents, files or media made available on this website are provided to users at their own risk. While all precautions have been undertaken to ensure only genuine downloads are available, users are advised to verify their authenticity using third party anti-virus software or similar applications.

14.   Use of ‘cookies’

This website uses cookies to better the user’s experience while visiting the website. As required by legislation, where applicable this website uses a cookie control system, allowing the user to give explicit permission or to deny the use of /saving of cookies on their computer / device.

Cookies are small files saved on the user’s computer hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server, to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.

If you does not want cookies to be saved on your computers, you must change the security settings of your web browsers to block all cookies from this website

15.   Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

16.  Social Media Policy & Usage

We adopt a Social Media Policy to ensure our business is conducted accordingly online. While BARKING CAT PET PHOTOGRAPHY has official profiles on social media platforms, users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles. We will never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves appropriately when engaging with us on social media.  Terms and conditions and privacy policies of respective social media platforms apply.

There may be instances where our website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page.

17.   16 or Under

We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under and believe that our website content is suitable for all ages. However, if you are aged 16 or under‚ we shall require your parent/guardian’s permission beforehand, whenever you provide us with personal information.

18.   Website Visitor Tracking

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors, to better understand how they use it. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information.

19.   Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in May 2018