Newham

Mayor and Councillors Privacy Notice

The Mayor and Councillors represent residents as part of their work in the community. 
 
They contact officers of the Council and other organisations on your behalf to investigate your concerns and respond to your enquiries.
 
They are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a Data Controller.

​What type of personal information do I collect and how do I collect it?

What type of Personal Data do we collect?

 
When we deal with your enquiry, we might collect the following information to help you.
  • ​Name
  • Postal Address
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Email address
  • Details of the enquiry
In some cases, such as assisting you with specific issues or specific organisations, we might need more information such as: 
  • ​National insurance number
  • Reference number(s)
  • Date of birth
  • Signature
  • Information about your health needs
  • Details of family members
In some cases, we might handle special category data such as medical information. 
 

How we collect Personal Information

 
We might collect information from you in a number of ways, for example:
  • ​when they meet you in the community or at surgeries
  • when you telephone or email
  • when you send letters 
 
 

What is a Councillor’s power to obtain and use personal data?

To collect and use your personal information, it is necessary for us to have a lawful basis.  
 
The ones that cover their work with your personal information are the following:
  • ​Consent - you provide your information and ask them to act on your behalf.
  • Protect your vital interests -  such as a life or death situation or to protect you from harm, or the vital interests of another person.
  • A task in the public interest or because of my role as a Councillor  - we are authorised to use your personal information.
  • Legitimate interests – they need to process your data for their legitimate interests, or the legitimate interests of a third party.
 
For the special category data, such as your medical information, they rely on the following conditions: 
  • ​Explicit consent – this will usually be in writing.
  • Protect vital interests – when you are unable to give consent and you or someone else is at risk of harm.  
  • Establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or whenever courts are acting in their judicial capacity
 
 

What is your personal information used for?

  • ​To investigate and respond to your request for advice, guidance or information.
  • To investigate and respond to an enquiry or a complaint you have contacted us about.
 
 

Will your personal information be shared?

In some cases, to enable us to deal with your issues, we may have to share your information with other organisations such as the DWP, the NHS, or other bodies, such as schools and charities.
 
Where possible, we will let you know when they have shared information.
 
In other cases, it might not be possible to tell you that the information was shared because of public interest issues such as an investigation or a police matter. 
 
 

How do I keep your personal information secure?

We will keep your information securely. In addition, to the security provided by council devices, we will safeguard access to any information you provide. 
 
 
 

How long will I keep your personal information?

As part of our work keeping track of your case, we will have to hold onto your information. Usually, this will be for 6 years, but it will vary depending on the type of issue since that creates different types of records.
 
Some of your personal information such as that associated with minor correspondence such as scheduling meetings, is held for less time.
 
Any information we hold at the end of our term in office is either passed to the appropriate Council representative or securely destroyed. 

 
 

Is your personal information processed overseas?

Usually, we do not send your personal information outside the EEC. If we have to for any reason (such as using cloud computing servers with overseas data centres), we will ensure that it is done within the appropriate procedures and safeguards as set down by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the body that regulates data protection). 
 
 
 

Marketing (if applicable)

At no time will we use your information or pass it to another organisation for marketing or sales purposes without your prior express consent.
 
 
 

What are your Information Rights?

Your Information Rights are set out in the law. Subject to some legal exceptions, you have the right to:
  • to have any inaccuracies corrected
  • to have your personal data erased
  • to place a restriction on our processing of your data
  • to object to processing
  • to request your data to be ported (data portability).
To exercise any of these rights please contact the relevant service in the first instance. 
 
You also have the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you. To do this email information.governance@newham.gov.uk​
 
 
To learn more about these rights please see the ICO website​.
 
If I have not been able to deal with your complaint, you can also contact the  Information Commissioner's Office
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 
Fax: 01625 524 510

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