On 25 May, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace current data protection legislation across Europe. In the UK, there will also be a new Data Protection Act which will cover some data protection matters that are not included in the GDPR.
The new laws modernise data protection and privacy law by giving new and improved rights to people and placing more obligations on organisations who hold your personal data. The emphasis is on privacy, accountability and transparency. This means that we have to tell you more about how and why we use your personal data, who we share it with and how long we keep it for. We also have to give you more information about your rights and what you can do if you are not happy with the way in which we hold your personal data.
Most of the time, Winchester City Council will only collect and hold information about you so that we can carry out a statutory function (such as collecting Council Tax), provide a service to you (such as emptying your bin) or to fulfil a contract or agreement with you (for example where you are a tenant of Winchester City Council). Sometimes, we will have to ask for your consent to use your information however, where we do need your consent, we will always explain why and will give you easy ways in which you can withdraw your consent.
We will always ensure that we keep you personal data safe and that we do not share it with other people or organisations without your explicit consent unless the law requires or allows us to do so. We do not sell your personal information to other organisations (with the exception of the Electoral Register which the law requires us to make available for sale).
If you have any queries about how we handle your personal data, or on the rare occasion that we don’t get things right, you can contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer who will work with you to try to resolve any problems. You can contact our DPO in writing or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be updating the data protection and privacy pages on our web-site over the coming weeks.