Name: Data Protection Policy
Description: Data Protection Policy

Data Protection Policy

Dartford Borough Council - Data Protection Policy

The Data Protection Act 2018 regulates the processing of information relating to individuals, which includes the obtaining, holding, using or disclosing of such information and covers computerised records as well as manual filing systems and card indexes.

We need to collect and use certain types of information about people with whom we deal in order to carry out our everyday business and to fulfil our objectives and our statutory functions.

This Data Protection Policy sets out how we will protect special category and criminal convictions personal data. It meets the requirement at paragraph 1(a) of Schedule 1, Part 1 to the Data Protection Act 2018 that an appropriate policy document be in place where the processing of special category personal data is necessary for the purposes of performing or exercising obligations or rights which are imposed or conferred by law on the controller or the data subject in connection with employment, social security or social protection.

This Data Protection Policy also meets the requirement at paragraph 5 of Schedule 1, Part 2 to the Data Protection Act 2018 that an appropriate policy document be in place where the processing of special category personal data is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest. The specific conditions under which data may be processed for reasons of substantial public interest are set out at paragraphs 6 to 28 of Schedule 1, Part 2 to the Data Protection Act 2018.

Procedures for securing compliance - Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation sets out the data protection principles:

Principle 1 - personal data shall be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject.
We will:

  • ensure that personal data is only processed where a lawful basis applies, and where processing is otherwise lawful;
  • only process personal data fairly and will ensure that data subjects are not misled about the purposes of any processing;
  • ensure that data subjects receive full privacy information so that any processing of personal data is transparent.

Principle 2 - personal data shall be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes.
We will:

  • only collect personal data for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and we will inform data subjects what those purposes are in a privacy notice;
  • not use personal data for purposes that are incompatible with the purposes for which it was collected. If we do use personal data for a new purpose that is compatible, we will inform the data subject first.

Principle 3 - personal data shall be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed.
We will:

  • only collect the minimum personal data that we need for the purpose for which it is collected; and
  • ensure that the data we collect is adequate and relevant.

Principle 4 - personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
We will:

  • ensure that personal data is accurate, and kept up to date where necessary; and
  • take particular care to do this where our use of the personal data has a significant impact on individuals.

Principle 5 - personal data shall be kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed.
We will:

  • only keep personal data in identifiable form as long as is necessary for the purposes for which it is collected, or where we have a legal obligation to do so; and
  • once we no longer need personal data, it shall be deleted or rendered permanently anonymous.

Principle 6 - personal data shall be processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.
We will:

  • ensure that there are appropriate organisational and technical measures in place to protect personal data.

Accountability principle - we are responsible for and able to demonstrate compliance with the above Principles. Our Data Protection Officer is responsible for monitoring our compliance with these Principles. We will:

  • ensure that records are kept of all personal data processing activities, and that these are provided to the Information Commissioner on request;
  • carry out a Data Protection Impact Assessment for any high risk personal data processing, and consult the Information Commissioner if appropriate;
  • ensure that a Data Protection Officer is appointed to provide independent advice and monitoring of the our departments’ personal data handling and that this person has access to the Management Team;
  • have in place internal processes to ensure that personal data is only collected, used or handled in a way that is compliant with data protection legislation.

Policies as regards retention and erasure of personal data

We will ensure, where special category or criminal convictions personal data is processed, that:

  • there is a record of that processing, and that the record will set out, where possible, the envisaged time limits for erasure of the different categories of data;
  • where we no longer require special category or criminal convictions personal data for the purpose for which it was collected, we will delete it or render it permanently anonymous;
  • data subjects receive full privacy information about how their data will be handled and that this will include the period for which the personal data will be stored, or if that is not possible, the criteria used to determine that period.

For further information about our compliance with data protection legislation, please contact dataprotection@dartford.gov.uk

GDPR Data Protection Policy

Last Updated: 03rd March 2020