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HAWKHURST PARISH COUNCIL
DATA PROTECTION POLICY
1.1 Hawkhurst Parish Council has a responsibility under the Data Protection Act
2018 to hold, obtain, record, use and store all personal data relating to an
identifiable individual in a secure and confidential manner. This Policy is a
statement of what Hawkhurst Parish Council does to ensure its compliance
with the Act.
1.2 The Data Protection Policy applies to all Hawkhurst Parish Council employees,
Councillors, volunteers, and contractors. The Policy provides a framework
within which the Parish Council will ensure compliance with the requirements of
the Act and will underpin any operational procedures and activities connected
with the implementation of the Act.
2.1 The Data Protection Act 2018 governs the handling of personal information that
identifies living individuals directly or indirectly and covers both manual and
computerised information. It provides a mechanism by which individuals about
whom data is held (the “data subjects”) can have a certain amount of control
over the way in which it is handled.
2.2 Some of the main features of the Act are:
All data covered by the Act must be handled in accordance with the Six
Data Protection Principles (see Appendix 1)
The person about whom the information is held (the Data Subject) has
various rights under the Act including the right to be informed about what
personal data is being processed, the right to request access to that
information, the right to request that inaccuracies or incomplete data are
rectified, and the right to have personal data erased and to prevent or
restrict processing in specific circumstances. Individuals also have the right
to object to processing based on the performance of a task in the public
interest/exercise of official authority (including profiling), direct marketing
(including profiling); and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical
research and statistics. There are also rights concerning automated
decision making (including profiling) and data portability.
Processing of special categories of data must be done under a lawful basis.
This data includes information about race, ethnic origin, political
persuasion, religious belief, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics
(where used for identification purposes), health, sex life and sexual
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The Data Protection Act deals with criminal offence data in a similar way to
special category data, and sets out specific conditions providing lawful
authority for processing it.
There is a principle of accountability of data controllers to implement
appropriate technical and organisational measures that include internal
data protection policies and procedures, staff training and awareness of the
requirements of the Act, internal audits of processing activities, maintaining
relevant documentation on processing activities, appointing a data
protection officer, and implementing measures that meet the principles of
data protection by design and data protection by default, including data
minimisation, transparency, and creating and improving security features
on an ongoing basis.
Data protection impact assessments are carried out where appropriate as
part of the design and planning of projects, systems and programmes.
Data controllers must have written contracts in place with all data
processors and ensure that processors are only appointed if they can
provide ‘sufficient guarantees’ that the requirements of the Act will be met
and the rights of data subjects protected.
Data breaches that are likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of
individuals must be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office
within 72 hours of the Council becoming aware of the breach. Where a
breach is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of
individuals, the Council will notify those individuals concerned directly.
The Information Commissioner is responsible for regulation and issue
notices to organisations where they are not complying with the
requirements of the Act. She also has the ability to prosecute those who
commit offences under the Act and to issue fines.
3 Policy Statement
3.1 Hawkhurst Parish Council is committed to ensuring that personal information is
handled in a secure and confidential manner in accordance with its obligations
under the Data Protection Act 2018 and professional guidelines. The
Hawkhurst Parish Council will use all appropriate and necessary means at its
disposal to comply with the Data Protection Act and associated guidance.
4 Roles and Responsibilities
4.1 Data Protection Officer
4.1.1 The Data Protection Officer is Paul Russell and he is responsible for
the following tasks;
4.1.2 Informing and advising the Hawkhurst Parish Council, any processor
engaged by the Hawkhurst Parish Council as data controller, and any
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employee of the Hawkhurst Parish Council who carries out processing
of personal data, of that person’s obligations under the legislation;
4.1.3 Providing advice and monitoring for the carrying out of a data protection
4.1.4 Co-operating with the Information Commissioner’s Office, acting as the
contact point for the Information Commissioner’s Office monitoring
compliance with policies of Hawkhurst Parish Council in relation to the
protection of personal data monitoring compliance by Hawkhurst Parish
Council with the legislation.
4.1.5 In relation to the policies mentioned above, the data protection officer’s
(a) assigning responsibilities under those policies,
(b) raising awareness of those policies,
(c) training staff involved in processing operations, and
(d) conducting audits required under those policies.
4.1.6 The Hawkhurst ParishCouncil must provide the Data Protection Officer
with the necessary resources and access to personal data and
processing operations to enable them to perform the tasks outlined
above and to maintain their expert knowledge of data protection law
4.2 Town/Parish Council
4.2.1 Hawkhurst Parish Council will be responsible for ensuring that the
organisation complies with its responsibilities under the Data Protection
Act through monitoring of activities and incidents via reporting by the
Data Protection Officer. The Hawkhurst Parish Council will also ensure
that there are adequate resources to support the work outlined in this
policy to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act.
4.3 All Staff and Councillors
4.3.1 All staff and Councillors will ensure that:-
Personal information is treated in a confidential manner in
accordance with this and any associated policies.
The rights of data subjects are respected at all times.
Privacy notices will be made available to inform individuals how
their data is being processed.
Personal information is only used for the stated purpose, unless
explicit consent has been given by the Data Subject to use their
information for a different purpose.
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Personal information is only disclosed on a strict need to know
basis, to recipients who are entitled to that information.
Personal information held within applications, systems, personal or
shared drives is only accessed in order to carry out work
Personal information is recorded accurately and is kept up to date.
They refer any subject access requests and/or requests in relation
to the rights of individuals to the Data Protection Officer.
They raise actual or potential breaches of the Data Protection Act
to the Data Protection Officer as soon as the breach is discovered.
It is the responsibility of all staff and Councillors to ensure that they comply
with the requirements of this policy and any associated policies or procedures.
4.4 Contractors and Employment Agencies
Where contractors are used, the contracts between Hawkhurst Parish Council
and these third parties should contain mandatory information assurance
clauses to ensure that the contract staff are bound by the same code of
behaviour as Hawkhurst Parish Council members of staff and Councillors in
relation to the Data Protection Act.
All volunteers are bound by the same code of behaviour as Hawkhurst Parish
Council members of staff and Councillors in relation to the Data Protection
5 Records Management
5.1 Good records management practice plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the
Hawkhurst Parish Council is able to meet its obligations to provide
information, and to retain it, in a timely and effective manner in order to meet
the requirements of the Act. All records should be retained and disposed of in
accordance with the Hawkhurst Parish Council retention schedule.
6.1 Hawkhurst Parish Council will take all reasonable steps to ensure that service
users, members of staff, volunteers, and contractors are informed of the
reasons Hawkhurst Parish Council requires information from them, how that
information will be used and who it will be shared with. This will enable the
data subject to give explicit informed consent to Hawkhurst Parish Council
handling their data where the legal basis for processing is consent.
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6.2 Should Hawkhurst Parish Council wish to use personal data for any purpose
other than that specified when it was originally obtained, the data subject’s
explicit consent should be obtained prior to using the data in the new way
unless exceptionally such use is in accordance with other provisions of the
6.3 Should Hawkhurst Parish Council wish to share personal data with anyone
other that those recipients specified at the time the data was originally
obtained, the data subject’s explicit consent should be obtained prior to
sharing that data, failure to do so could result in a breach of confidentiality.
7 Accuracy and Data Quality
7.1 Hawkhurst Parish Council will ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to
confirm the validity of personal information directly with the data subject.
7.2 All members of staff and Councillors must ensure that service user personal
information is checked and kept accurate and up to date on a regular basis,
for example, by checking it with the service user when they attend for
appointments in order that the information held can be validated.
7.3 Where a member of the public exercises their right for their data to be erased,
rectified, or restricted, or where a member of the public objects to the
processing of their data, the Data Protection Officer must be notified and the
appropriate procedures followed.
8 Data Protection Impact Assessments
8.1 A data protection impact assessment is a process which helps to assess
privacy risks to individuals in the collection, use and disclosure of information.
They must be carried out at the early stages of projects and are embedded in
to Hawkhurst Parish Council’s decision making process.
9.1 Hawkhurst Parish Council must have written contracts in place with all
suppliers who process personal data on behalf of Hawkhurst Parish Council
as “data processors”. Hawkhurst Parish Council will ensure that processors
are only appointed if they can provide ‘sufficient guarantees’ through the
procurement process that the requirements of the Act will be met and the
rights of data subjects protected.
10.1 Any expression of dissatisfaction from an applicant with reference to
Hawkhurst Parish Council’s handling of personal information will be treated as
a complaint, and handled under Hawkhurst Parish Council’s complaint’s
processes. The Data Protection Officer will be involved in responding to the
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10.2 Should the complainant remain dissatisfied with the outcome of their
complaint to the Council, a complaint can be made to the Information
Commissioner’s Office who will then investigate the complaint and take action
11 Security and Confidentiality
11.1 All staff and Councillors must ensure that information relating to identifiable
individuals is kept secure and confidential at all times. Hawkhurst Parish
Council will ensure that its holdings of personal data are properly secured
from loss or corruption and that no unauthorised disclosures of personal data
11.2 Hawkhurst Parish Council will ensure that information is not transferred to
countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) unless that country has
an adequate level of protection for security and confidentiality of information
which has been confirmed by the Information Commissioner.
12 Rights of Data Subjects
12.1 Individuals wishing to request their information as a subject access request
should contact Hawkhurst Parish Council, who will arrange for the information
to be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Further
information on this is available in a separate document, How to access your
12.2 Individuals should also make requests in writing to Hawkhurst Parish Council
if they wish to exercise their other rights under the legislation.
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DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES
processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals;
collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a
manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes
in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall
not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes;
adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they
accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to
ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they
are processed, are erased or rectified without delay;
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; personal data may be stored for
longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in
the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to
implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the
GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals;
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.
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