Electoral Services privacy notice
Why we are collecting your data?
The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) will use your data for the administration of the electoral roll and the conduct of elections. The ERO has a legal basis to collect and hold this information in the performance of a public task. This is in the public interest and is provided for in electoral law. We will only collect the personal data we need from you, in order to do this.
We will keep these records up to date and accurate so that we can provide you with the help and advice that you need.
What is the legal basis for processing this data?
Provision for us to collect this data is provided for in the Representation of the People Regulations 2001 and the Electoral Registration Administration Act 2013 and the Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019.
What information do we collect from you?
We collect personal information about you in order to verify your identity and make sure you are able to vote at the elections which you are entitled to do so.
The personal data we collect can include:
- your name and address
- your contact details
- your date of birth
- your nationality
- your National Insurance number
- the reason you need a signature waiver or proxy vote
- occupants at your address
- if you are over 76 or under 16/17
- whether you have chosen to opt out of the open version of the register
- previous or redirected addresses
- scanned application forms
- any information contained within correspondence with Bracknell Forest Council
We will treat your personal information carefully, making sure that your information is held confidentially on computer systems or in secure manual filing systems. As an organisation we are committed to our duty under the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018. For further information relating to the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018 please refer to the Information Commissioner’s website.
Who will your information be shared with?
When you apply to be registered to vote, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service (IERDS) managed by the Cabinet Office in order to verify your identity.
As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the IERDS.
In order to comply with annual canvass legislation, our electoral register data will also be securely uploaded to IERDS on an annual basis. The purpose of the data upload is to verify and data match our electoral registration data against records held by the Department of Work and Pensions and local council tax data. This will enable the ERO to take steps to determine if there are changes to the residents who are registered to vote at the address and contact them accordingly.
You can find more information on Register to Vote.
The information is managed by Electoral Registration Officers who use the information provided to create electoral registers. There are 2 types of register; the full electoral register and the open (edited) register. We share the full electoral register with outside organisations where we are required to do so by law (Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001). It is published once a year and updated every month.
We are required by law to provide the register to the following:
- Credit reference agencies (Regulation 113/114)
- Courts Service
- The British Library (Regulation 97)
- Boundary Commission for England (Regulation 101)
- Political Parties (Regulation 105/106)
- Elections candidates
- Elected Representatives (MP, Local Councillors) (Regulation 103)
- Parish and Town Councils (Regulation 107)
- Office for National Statistics (Regulation 99)
We also have to disclose (share) your information with our contracted software and print providers.
Anyone who receives information from us has a legal duty to keep it confidential and it is a crime for anyone who has a copy of the full register to share it with anyone who does not have lawful reason to see it.
Anyone can inspect the full electoral register. However, the register can only be inspected under supervision and only hand written notes may be taken. Failure to comply with these conditions is a criminal offence.
The open register is an edited version of the register, but it is not used for elections. It can be sold to any person, organisation or company for a wide range of purposes including businesses and charities. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.
Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the electoral register does not affect your right to vote. For more information, please visit GOV.UK - Opt out of the 'open register'.
What if being on the full register would compromise my safety?
You may be able to register anonymously if you can show there is a good reason, for example if you’re concerned about your safety. Your details won’t appear on either version of the register if you register anonymously. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to register anonymously.
How long will we retain your information for?
Information provided by the applicant will be kept and updated to enable us to carry out our statutory obligations by law. The information will not be kept longer than necessary and in line with statutory retention periods.
What are my rights with regards to data?
You have the right to make sure data is correct and up to date subsequent to any changes made.
What will happen if I fail to provide any data?
If you do not provide us with this information then eligible citizens will not be able to vote and you may be breaking the law. The law makes it compulsory to provide information to an electoral registration officer for inclusion in the full register.
Access to your personal information
Under the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018 you have the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you.
Your right to complain
You can complain to the council or the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) with any queries concerning the process and retention of your data.
For more information please go to the Information Commissioner's Website.
Name of the Data Controller
Electoral Registration Officer
Bracknell Forest Council
Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD
Contact for Data Protection Officer
Data Protection Officer
Bracknell Forest Council
Phone: 01344 352000