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This is SPC's formally-adopted Privacy Policy

Further policies regarding Document Retention, Information and IT Security, Data Breach and Freedom of Information may be accessed on our Documents Page

Your personal data – what is it?

‘Personal data’ is any information about a living individual which allows them to be identified from that data (for example a name, photographs, videos, email address, or address). Identification can be directly using the data itself or by combining it with other information which helps to identify a living individual (e.g. a list of staff may contain personnel ID numbers rather than names but if you use a separate list of the ID numbers which give the corresponding names to identify the staff in the first list then the first list will also be treated as personal data). The processing of personal data is governed by legislation relating to personal data which applies in the United Kingdom including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other legislation relating to personal data and rights such as the Human Rights Act.

Who are we?

This Privacy Notice is provided by Sarratt Parish Council which is the Data Controller for your data.

Other Data Controllers Sarratt Parish Council works with include:

  • Three Rivers District Council
  • Community groups
  • Charities, and other not for profit entities
  • Contractors
  • Service providers

We may need to share your personal data we hold with them so that they can carry out their responsibilities to the Council. If we and the other Data Controllers listed above are processing your data jointly for the same purposes, then the Council and the other Data Controllers may be ‘joint data controllers’ which mean we are all collectively responsible to you for your data. Where each of the parties listed above are processing your data for their own independent purposes then each of us will be independently responsible to you and if you have any questions, wish to exercise any of your rights (see below) or wish to raise a complaint, you should do so directly to the relevant Data Controller. A description of what personal data the Council processes and for what purposes is set out in this Privacy Notice.

Sarratt Parish Council will process some or all of the following personal data where necessary to perform its tasks:

  • Names, titles, aliases, and photographs;
  • Contact details such as telephone numbers, addresses, and email addresses;
  • Where they are relevant to the services provided by a Council, or where you provide them to us, we may process information such as gender, age, marital status, nationality, education/work history, academic/professional qualifications, hobbies, family composition, and dependants;
  • Where you pay for activities, financial identifiers such as bank account numbers, payment card numbers, payment/transaction identifiers, policy numbers, and claim numbers; The personal data we process may include sensitive or other special categories of personal data such as criminal convictions, racial or ethnic origin, mental and physical health, details of injuries, medication/treatment received, political beliefs, trade union affiliation, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning and sexual orientation.

How we use sensitive personal data

  • We may process sensitive personal data including, as appropriate:
    • information about your physical or mental health or condition in order to monitor sick leave and take decisions on your fitness for work;
    • your racial or ethnic origin or religious or similar information in order to monitor compliance with equal opportunities legislation;
    • in order to comply with legal requirements and obligations to third parties.
  • These types of data are described by the GDPR as ‘special categories of data’ and require higher levels of protection. We need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using this type of personal data.
  • We may process special categories of personal data in the following circumstances:
    • In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent.
    • Where we need to carry out our legal obligations.
    • Where it is needed in the public interest.
  • Less commonly, we may process this type of personal data where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.

Sarratt Parish Council will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal data we hold about you must be:

  • Obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purpose and shall not be processed in any manner incompatible with the purpose or those purposes.
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which it is processed.
  • Accurate and where necessary, kept up-to-date.
  • Not kept for longer than is necessary for the purpose or purposes for which it was processed.
  • Processed in line with the rights of Data Subjects under the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.

We use your personal data for some or all of the following purposes:

  • To deliver public services including understanding your needs in order to provide the services that you request and to understand what we can do for you and inform you of other relevant services;
  • To confirm your identity to provide some services;
  • To contact you by post, email, telephone or using social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp);
  • To help us to build up a picture of how we are performing;
  • To prevent and detect fraud and corruption in the use of public funds and where necessary for the law enforcement functions;
  • To enable us to meet all legal and statutory obligations and powers including any delegated functions;
  • To carry out comprehensive safeguarding procedures (including due diligence and complaints handling) in accordance with best safeguarding practice from time to time with the aim of ensuring that all children and adults-at-risk are provided with safe environments and generally as necessary to protect individuals from harm or injury;
  • To promote the interests of the Council;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records;
  • To seek your views, opinions or comments;
  • To notify you of changes to our facilities, services, events and staff, councillors and other role holders;
  • To send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include information about campaigns, appeals, other new projects or initiatives;
  • To process relevant financial transactions including grants and payments for goods and services supplied to the Council
  • To allow the statistical analysis of data so we can plan the provision of services. Our processing may also include the use of CCTV systems for the prevention and prosecution of crime.

What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

The Council is a public authority and has certain powers and obligations. Most of your personal data is processed for compliance with a legal obligation which includes the discharge of the Council’s statutory functions and powers. Sometimes when exercising these powers or duties it is necessary to process personal data of residents or people using the Council’s services. We will always take into account your interests and rights. This Privacy Notice sets out your rights and the Council’s obligations to you. We may process personal data if it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, or to take steps to enter into a contract. An example of this would be processing your data in connection with the use of sports facilities, or the acceptance of an allotment garden tenancy. Sometimes the use of your personal data requires your consent. We will first obtain your consent to that use.

Sharing your personal data

This section provides information about the third parties with whom the Parish Council may share your personal data. These third parties have an obligation to put in place appropriate security measures and will be responsible to you directly for the manner in which they process and protect your personal data. It is likely that we will need to share your data with some or all of the following (but only where necessary):

  • The Data Controllers listed above under the heading ‘Other Data Controllers the Council works with’;
  • Our agents, suppliers and contractors. For example, we may ask a commercial provider to publish or distribute newsletters on our behalf, or to maintain our database software;
  • On occasion, other local authorities or not for profit bodies with which we are carrying out joint ventures e.g. in relation to facilities or events for the community.

Your rights and your personal data: Subject Access Requests (SAR).

You have the following rights with respect to your personal data: When exercising any of the SAR rights listed below, in order to process your request, and before you can exercise these rights we may need to verify your identity for security purposes. In such cases we will need you to respond with proof of your identity and address to verify that the request is legitimate. The following documents will be accepted as proof of ID:

  • Current UK/EEA Passport
  • UK Photocard Driving Licence (Full or Provisional)
  • Full UK Paper Driving Licence

The following documents will be accepted as proof of address:

  • State Benefits Entitlement Document (dated within the last 12 months)

  • State Pension Entitlement Document (dated within the last 12 months)

  • HMRC Tax Credit Document (dated within the last 12 months)

  • HMRC Tax Notification Document

  • Disabled Driver’s Pass

  • Financial Statement issued by bank, building society or credit card company (dated within the last 3 months)

  • Utility bill for supply of gas, electric, water or telephone landline

  • Most recent Mortgage Statement.

  • Most recent council Tax Bill/Demand or Statement

  • Tenancy Agreement

  • Building Society Passbook which shows a transaction in the last 3 months and your address.

    The right to access personal data we hold on you

    • At any point you can contact us to request the personal data we hold on you as well as why we have that personal data, who has access to the personal data and where we obtained the personal data from. Once we have received your request we will respond within 20 working days.
    • There are no fees or charges for the first request, but additional requests for the same personal data, or requests which are manifestly unfounded or excessive may be subject to an administrative fee.

    The right to correct and update the personal data we hold on you

    If the data we hold on you is out of date, incomplete or incorrect, you can inform us and your data will be updated.

    The right to have your personal data erased

    • If you feel that we should no longer be using your personal data or that we are unlawfully using your personal data, you can request that we erase the personal data we hold.
    • When we receive your request we will confirm whether the personal data has been deleted or the reason why it cannot be deleted (for example because we need it for to comply with a legal obligation).

    The right to object to processing of your personal data or to restrict it to certain purposes only

    You have the right to request that we stop processing your personal data or ask us to restrict processing. Upon receiving the request we will contact you and let you know if we are able to comply or if we have a legal obligation to continue to process your data.

    The right to data portability

    You have the right to request that we transfer some of your data to another controller. We will comply with your request, where it is feasible to do so, within 20 working days of receiving your request.

    The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time for any processing of data to which consent was obtained

    You can withdraw your consent easily by telephone, email, or by post (see Contact Details below).

    The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

    You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Transfer of Data Abroad

Any personal data transferred to other countries or territories outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) will only be placed on systems complying with measures giving equivalent protection of personal rights either through international agreements or contracts approved by the European Union.

Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

Changes to this notice

We keep this Privacy Notice under regular review and we will place any updates on the Sarratt Parish Council website.

Contact Details

Please contact us if you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or the personal data we hold about you or to exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints at:

The Data Controller: Parish Clerk, Sarratt Parish Council
Or you can email us

Reviewed and adopted: 9 March 2021

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