Last updated: 15 June 2018
This privacy notice provides you with information about what we do with your personal data (information that is about you and identifies you).
We have recently updated our Privacy Notice to include changes to address the new standards introduced by the European data protection law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Below sets out how we, South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), collect, store and handle your personal information and what your information rights are.
What we mean by personal information is any information that can be collected via a paper or online form, by telephone, email, CCTV or by a member of our staff.
The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) and Returning Officer (RO) are data controllers who collect and use information about residents to enable us to carry out specific functions for which we are statutorily responsible.
We keep records about potential and actual electors, voters, citizens, candidates and their agents, staff employed at an election and the people we need to pay. These may be written down or kept on a computer.
These records may include:
We will, based on your nationality, include your name on the Electoral Register so that you are able to vote.
It is important that our records are accurate and up-to-date as they will help make sure that our staff are able to provide you with the help, advice or support you need.
The Electoral Registration Officer & Returning Officer need to process your personal data in order to prepare for and conduct elections. Your details will be kept and updated in accordance with our legal obligations and in line with statutory retention periods and the periods in our retention schedule.
We are required by law to report certain information to appropriate authorities – for example:
The process of checking citizens’ personal identifiers to ensure eligibility for inclusion in the Electoral Register is overseen by the Cabinet Office via the IER Digital Service.
The Department for Work and Pensions use registration data to verify the identity of new applicants, and the Cabinet Office will inform local authorities when people have moved out of their area.
If your details are in the Open version of the Electoral Register, your name and address can be sold to third parties who may use it for any purpose. The law requires that we make the Open Register available for sale.
You can opt out of this version of the register at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Data Protection Act 2018 allows you to find out what information is held about you, on paper and computer records. This is known as ‘right of subject access’ and applies to your Electoral Services records along with all other personal records.
If you wish to see a copy of your records you should contact the Data Protection officer. You are entitled to receive a copy of your records free of charge, within a month.
In certain circumstances access to your records may be limited, for example, if the records you have asked for contain information relating to another person.
The Data Protection Act 2018 allows you other rights; for example, if there is an error in your records you have the right to make sure it is rectified or erased.
You have the right to be told if we have made a mistake whilst processing your data and we will report breaches to the Commissioner.
If you would like to know more about how we use your information, please tell us.
Contact the Data Protection Officer: email@example.com Tel: 03450 450 500
You can also complain to the Information Commissioner.
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