Data Protection Policy

 Introduction

edibLE16 needs to collect and use certain types of information about the Data Subjects who come into contact with it in order to carry on our work. This personal information must be collected and dealt with appropriately– whether on paper, in a computer, or recorded on other material – and there are safeguards to ensure this under the Data Protection Act 1998.

The following list below of definitions of the technical terms we have used and is intended to aid understanding of this policy.

Data Controller – This is edibLE16, which decides what personal information it holds and how it will be held or used.

Data Protection Act 1998 – The UK legislation that provides a framework for responsible behaviour by those using personal information.

Data Protection Officer – The person(s) responsible for ensuring that it follows its data protection policy and complies with the Data Protection Act 1998

Data Subject – The individual whose personal information is being held or processed by edibLE16 (for example: a customer, a supplier, an employee, a supporter or a Director)

Explicit consent – is a freely given, specific and informed agreement by a Data Subject (see definition) to the processing* of personal information* about her/him.   Explicit written consent is needed for processing sensitive* personal data

* See definition

Notification – Notifying the Information Commissioner about the data processing activities of edibLE16.

Information Commissioner – The UK Information Commissioner responsible for implementing and overseeing the Data Protection Act 1998.

Processing – means collecting, amending, handling, storing or disclosing personal information

Personal data – Information (usually in electronic form, but can be in physical filing systems as well under some circumstances) about living individuals that enables them to be identified – e.g., their name and address. It does not apply to information about organisations (unless they are sole traders) but applies to, e.g., volunteers, suppliers, advisors or employees of edibLE16.

Sensitive personal data means data about:

  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Political opinions
  • Religious or similar beliefs
  • Trade union membership
  • Physical or mental health
  • Sexual life
  • Criminal record
  • Criminal proceedings relating to a data subject’s offences

Data Controller

edibLE16 determines what purposes personal information held will be used for. It is also responsible for notifying the Information Commissioner of the data it holds or is likely to hold, and the general purposes that this data will be used for.

Disclosure

edibLE16 may share data with other individuals and agencies, e.g., other customers, members of the Steering Committee, the local authority, funding bodies and other voluntary agencies.

The Data Subject will be made aware in most circumstances how and with whom their information will be shared. There are extremely rare circumstances where the law allows edibLE16 to disclose data (including sensitive personal data) without the data subject’s consent.

These are:

  1. Carrying out a legal obligation, or as authorised by the Secretary of State
  2. Protecting the vital interests of a Data Subject or other person
  3. The Data Subject has already made the information public
  4. Conducting any legal proceedings, obtaining legal advice or defending any legal rights
  5. Monitoring for equal opportunities purposes – i.e., race, disability or religion

edibLE16 regards the lawful treatment of personal information as very important to successful working, and to maintaining the confidence of those with whom we deal. To this end, and as required by law, edibLE16 will adhere to the Data Protection Principles, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998.

Specifically, the Principles require that personal data:

  1. Shall be processed fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless specific conditions are met,
  2. Shall be obtained only for one or more of the purposes specified in the Act, and shall not be processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes,
  3. Shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to those purpose(s)
  4. Shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date,
  5. Shall not be kept for longer than is necessary
  6. Shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under the Act,
  7. Shall be kept secure by the Data Controller who takes appropriate technical and other measures to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing or accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal information,
  8. Shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal information.

edibLE16 will, through appropriate management, strict application of criteria and controls:

  • Observe fully conditions regarding the fair collection and use of information,
  • Meet its legal obligations to specify the purposes for which information is used,
  • Collect and process appropriate personal information, and only to the extent that it is needed to fulfil its operational needs or to comply with any legal requirements,
  • Ensure that the rights of people about whom information is held, can be fully exercised.   These include:
    • The right to be informed that processing of information about them is being undertaken,
    • The right to obtain a copy of their personal information (a “subject access request”)
    • The right to object to processing where such processing is likely to cause them, or any other person, significant damage, and
    • The right to request the correction, blocking or erasure of information which is in breach of the Act
  • Take appropriate technical and organisational security measures to safeguard personal information,
  • Ensure that personal information is not transferred abroad without suitable safeguards,
  • Treat people justly and fairly whatever their age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity when dealing with requests for information,
  • Set out clear procedures for responding to requests for information.

Data collection and Informed Consent

Informed consent is when a Data Subject clearly understands why their information is needed, who it will be shared with, the possible consequences of them agreeing or refusing the proposed use of the data, and then gives their consent.

edibLE16 will ensure that data is collected in accordance with this policy. This applies to data that is collected in person, or by completing a form, whether on paper or electronic.

When collecting data, edibLE16 will ensure that the Data Subject:

  • Clearly understands why the information is needed
  • Understands what it will be used for and what the consequences are should the Data Subject decide not to give consent to processing
  • As far as reasonably possible, grants explicit consent, either written or verbal for data to be processed
  • Is, as far as reasonably practicable, competent enough to give consent and has given so freely without any duress
  • Has received sufficient information on why their data is needed and how it will be used

Data Storage

Information and records relating to service users will be stored securely and will only be accessible to authorised staff and volunteers.

Information will be stored for only as long as it is needed or required by statute, and will be disposed of appropriately.

It is edibLE16’s responsibility to ensure all personal data is non-recoverable from any computer system previously used within the organisation.

Data access and accuracy

All Data Subjects have the right to access the information edibLE16 holds about them. Although the Act allows a Data Controller to charge for such a service, we will only charge where it is reasonable for us to do so.

edibLE16 will also take reasonable steps to ensure that this information is kept up to date by asking data subjects from time to time whether there have been any changes.

In addition, edibLE16 will ensure that:

  • It has a Data Protection Officer with specific responsibility for ensuring compliance with Data Protection legislation and responding to subject access requests by Data Subjects,
  • Everyone within the organisation processing personal information understands that they are legally obliged to follow good data protection practice,
  • Everyone processing personal information is appropriately trained to do so,
  • Anybody wanting to make enquiries about handling personal information knows what to do,
  • It deals promptly and courteously with any enquiries about handling personal information,
  • It describes clearly how it handles personal information,
  • It will regularly review and audit the ways it holds, manages and uses personal information
  • It regularly assesses and evaluates its methods and performance in relation to handling personal information
  • All staff are aware that a breach of the rules and procedures identified in this policy may lead to disciplinary action being taken against them

This policy will be updated as necessary to reflect best practice in data management, security and control and to ensure compliance with any amendments made to the Data Protection Act 1998.

In case of any queries or questions in relation to this policy please contact the Data Protection Officer at manager@edible16.org.uk

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