Spelthorne Borough Council Environmental Health Department. Your privacy is important to us. We aim for full transparency on how we gather, use, and share your personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.
We will collect personal data about you which includes your name, address, telephone number, email etc together with information you have given us in order to deal with enquires or investigate a complaint. This may also include information that we receive from third parties eg landlords.
Depending on what type of request we are dealing with we may require your national insurance number, in order to carry out a benefit check. We may also need to record medical information about you if we are investigating food poisoning or an infectious disease case.
We need to use your personal data so we can contact you and provide a service to you. We can also use your personal data under many different laws. The main ones for the Council are the Local Government Acts and the Localism Act 2011, but there are many more. You can see the laws Environmental Health work to in Appendix 1. In many cases there is a law that says we must or we can process your data and that we can do so without your consent or permission, as we have a legal obligation to do so.
Where we do not directly provide the service, we may need to pass your personal data onto a company or organisation that do. These providers have to keep your details safe and secure, and use them only to provide the service. This would be for things like our pest control service or out of hour's noise service.
Your personal information will be treated as confidential but it may be shared with other Council services in order to ensure our records are accurate and up-to-date, and to carry out our functions. We will only use your information in ways which are permitted by the General Data Protection Regulations and the current UK Data Protection law.
This authority has a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and may use information held about you for all lawful purposes, including but not limited to the prevention and detection of crime including fraud and money laundering.
The Council may also use your information for the purpose of performing any of its statutory enforcement duties. It will make any disclosures required by law and may also share your information with other bodies responsible for detecting/preventing crime including fraud or auditing/administering public funds.
We will not disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.
If you require further information about the use of your data or would like to exercise any of the above rights, please contact the data protection officer, whose contact details are below.
We will keep your information for as long as it is required by us or other regulatory bodies in order to comply with legal and regulatory requirements or for other operational reasons. In most cases this will be a minimum of six years. More information on our retention schedule can be found on our website.
If you have any concerns about how this Department or the Council is handling your personal data, these can be raised with the Council's Data Protection Officer:
Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines upon Thames, TW18 1XB
You also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). This is an independent body responsible for making sure that organisations comply with Data Protection legislation.
The ICO will always expect you to have raised your concerns with us before submitting a complaint.