Privacy Statement for Downley Parish Council

The General Privacy Notice was adopted by Full Council at its meeting held on

Your Personal Data – What is it?

“Personal data” is any information about a living individual which allows them to be identified from the 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 (eg, 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 (the GDPR) and other legislation relating to personal data and rights such as the Human Rights Act.

Who is Downley Parish Council?

This Privacy Notice is provided to you by Downley Parish Council which is the data controller for your data.

Other Data Controllers the Council works with:

  • Other data controllers, such as local authorities
  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • Other not for profit entities
  • Contractors

The Parish Council may need to share your personal data with them in order that they can carry out their responsibilities to the Council. If the Council 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 means the Council 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 them 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.

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

  • Names, titles and aliases, 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 the Parish Council, the Parish Council 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 such as Allotment rent, financial identifiers such as bank account numbers and payment/transaction identifiers.
  • The personal data the Council 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.

How the Parish Council use sensitive personal data

The Parish Council 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 in the GDPR as “Special Categories of Data” and require higher levels of protection. The council needs to have further justification for collecting, storing and using this type of personal data.
  • The Council may process special categories of personal data in the following circumstances:

– In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent.

– Where the Council needs to carry out our legal obligations.

– Where it is needed in the public interest.

  • Less commonly, the Council 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.

Does the Council need your consent to process your sensitive personal data?

In limited circumstances, the Council may approach you for your written consent to allow them to process certain sensitive personal data that the Council would like and the reason it is needed, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent.

The Council will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal data it holds about you must be:

  • Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
  • Collected only for valid purposes and the Council have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Relevant to the purposes the Parish Council has told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  • Accurate and kept up to date.
  • Kept only as long as is necessary and for the purposes it has told you about.
  • Kept and destroyed securely including ensuring that appropriate technical and security measures are in place to protect your personal data to protect personal date from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure.


The Parish Council uses your personal data for some or all of the following purposes.

  • To deliver public services including to understand your needs to provide the services that you request and to understand what the Council 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 (eg, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp).
  • To help us build up a picture of how the Council 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 the Council to meet all legal and statutory obligations and power s including any delegated functions.
  • To carry out comprehensive safeguarding procedures (including due diligence and complaints handling) in accordance with the 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 form harm or injury.
  • To promote the interests of the Council.
  • To maintain our own 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 that it 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 persona 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 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. The Council will always take into account your interests and rights. This Privacy Notice sets out your rights and the Councils obligations to you.

The Parish Council 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 an allotment tenancy.

Sometimes the use of your personal data requires your consent. The Council will first obtain your consent to that use.

Sharing your personal data

This section provides information about the third parties with whom the 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 the Council 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, the Council 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 it is carrying out joint ventures, eg, in relation to the facilities or events for the community.

How long does the Parish Council keep your personal data?

The Parish Council will keep some records permanently if it is legally required to do so. The Council may keep some other records for an extended period of time. For example, it is currently best practice to keep financial records for a minimum period of 8 years to support HMRC audits or provide tax information. The Council may have legal obligations as a public authority. The Council is permitted to retain the data in order to defend or pursue claims. In some cases, the law imposes a time limit for such claims (for example 3 years for personal injury claims or 6 years for contract claims). The Parish Council will retain some personal data for this purpose as long as it believes it is necessary to be able to defend or pursue a claim. In general, it will endeavour to keep data only for as long as needed. This means that the Council will delete it when it is no longer needed.

Your rights and your personal data

You have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

When exercising any of the rights listed below, in order to process your request, it may need to verify your identity for your security. In such cases it will need you to respond with proof of your identity before you can exercise these rights.

1)  The right to access personal data the Parish Council holds on you

  • At any point you can contact us to request the personal data it holds on you as well as why the Council has this personal data, who has access to the personal data and where the personal data was obtained. Once this request has been received a response will be provided within one month.
  • 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.

2) The right to correct and update the personal data the Parish Council holds on you

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

3) The right to have your personal data erased

  • If you feel that the Council should no longer be using your personal data or that it is unlawfully using your personal data, you can request that it is erased.
  • When the Council receives this request it will confirm whether the personal data has been deleted or the reason why it cannot be deleted (for example because it needs it to comply with a legal obligation).

4) 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 the Council stop processing your personal data or ask to restrict processing. Upon receiving the request, the Council will contact you and let you know if it is able to comply or if it has a legal obligation to continue to process your data.

5) The right to data portability

  • You have the right to request that the Council transfers some of your data to another controller. The Council will comply with your request, where it is feasible to do so, within one month of receiving your request.

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

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

7) The right to lodge a complaint with the information Commissioner’s Office

  • You can contact the information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or via their website https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/ or at the information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Further Processing

If the Parish Council wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Notice, then it 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, the Parish Council will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

Changes to this notice

The Parish Council keep this Privacy Notice under regular review and the Parish Council will place any updates on this web page.

Contact Details

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

The Clerk, Downley Community Centre, School Close, Downley, HP13 5TR

Tel: 01494 257711

Email: Clerk@downleyparishcouncil.org

July 2022

To be reviewed July 2024

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