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Personal information

What is meant by personal information?

Personal information, also referred to as personal data, means data which relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data or can be identified from that data and other information which is in the possession, or likely to come into the possession, of a data controller. Bracknell Forest Council is a data controller.

What personal information do we collect about you and how do we look after your data?

We collect personal information about you in order to deliver an effective and efficient service, and to ensure that we comply with its duties and obligations.

The personal information we collect may include:

  • your name and address
  • your family details
  • goods and services
  • your lifestyle and social circumstances
  • your financial details
  • your employment and educational details
  • your housing needs
  • visual images including CCTV images
  • your personal appearance and behaviour
  • any licences or permits held
  • your student and pupil records
  • your business activities
  • your case file information
  • your births and death data
  • your physical or mental health details
  • your racial or ethnic origin
  • details of any trade union membership
  • your political affiliation
  • your political opinions
  • any offences
  • your religious or other beliefs of a similar nature
  • any criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences
  • details of sexual life

For further information you may also refer to any personal communications you have received from us or check any other council departmental privacy statements we may have provided.

We will treat your personal information carefully ensuring 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 Data Protection Act 1998. For further information relating to the Data Protection Act 1998 please refer to the Information Commissioner’s website.

How will we use the personal information about you?

We will use the personal information about you in order to effectively carry out our functions as a council. We will not share the information you have provided with an outside organisation or use it for another purpose unless we are allowed to do so by law.

We may also share your personal information with outside organisations where failure to do so would prejudice the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension or prosecution of offenders, or the assessment or collection of any tax or duty.

Also, we may share your personal information where we are required by law or in connection with legal proceedings.

Your consent to how we use your personal information

You can contact us to withdraw your consent at any time.

Access to your personal information

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you. For more information see our Data Protection page.

Health data

For information about how we use your health data, please see the Public Health privacy notice.

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