Swansea Labour Privacy Policy

 

On all leaflets or written communication asking for information:

Swansea Labour Party may use the information you provide us with about your views to understand which issues are most relevant to you. Where you have opted in, Swansea Labour and their representatives may contact you about our policies, campaign events and opportunities to get involved with Swansea Labour through the communication channels you have chosen, and by using the electoral register and data we hold which we are entitled to use to further objectives as a political Organisation/Party. You can opt out of communications from us or manage your preferences at any time. To find out how to do this and for more information about how we use personal data please see our Privacy Policy at [Insert website address here]

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PRIVACY POLICY

 

PRIVACY NOTICE FOR CONSTITUENTS

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS PRIVACY NOTICE?

 

We, Swansea Labour, are a political organisation associated with Welsh Labour and the UK Labour Party, comprised of Staff and Councillor(s) for Swansea City and County Council and as a Political Candidate(s) for Welsh Labour (during the election period). Throughout this privacy policy shall be referred to as “Swansea Labour”, “us” and “we”.

This document (“privacy notice”) sets out information relating to how we will use personal information relating to constituents. It also sets out information about what rights individuals have in relation to their personal information and various other matters required under data protection law.

In particular, this privacy notice provides information to constituents about how they can object to our use of their personal information, how they can withdraw any permissions they have given to enable us to process their personal information, and how they can make a complaint.

 

WHO DOES THIS PRIVACY NOTICE APPLY TO?

 

This privacy notice applies to constituents/residents of Swansea City and County Council.

 

One of our key roles as Councillor(s) for Swansea City and County Council and as a Political Candidate(s) for Welsh Labour (during the election period) is to raise issues on behalf of constituents. As such we will often collect and use personal information relating to constituents as part of our role. From time to time we will also contact our constituents to ask them to complete surveys to gather information and opinions on matters relevant to our role as Councillor(s) for Swansea City and County Council and as a Political Candidate(s) for Welsh Labour (during the election period).

 

In the sections below, when referring to constituents/residents of Swansea we will use the terms “you” or “your”.

 

WHAT’S OUR APPROACH TO PRIVACY?

 

We take your privacy extremely seriously and want you to feel confident that your personal information is safe in our hands.

 

We will only use your personal information in accordance with the data protection law applicable to England and Wales from time to time.

 

Under data protection law, when we use your personal information, we will be acting as a data controller. Essentially, this means that we will be making decisions about how to use your personal information and why.

 

Below, we summarise the main rules that apply to us as a data controller under data protection law when we use your personal information:

 

We must be upfront about how we intend to use your personal information and must use your personal information fairly. Providing privacy information to individuals (such as in this privacy notice) is one aspect of using personal information fairly.

We must only use your personal information if we have a legal basis to do so under data protection law. These legal bases include:

  • That you have consented to our use of your personal information;
  • That our use of your personal information is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in Swansea Labour. This is generally because the processing of your personal data by us will be in performance of casework activities which by their nature supports or promotes democratic engagement.

We must only use certain types of sensitive personal information, also referred to as special category personal information (such as information relating to your health, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, or criminal convictions) if we can also satisfy one of the conditions for processing this type of information set out in data protection law. These conditions include:

  • That you have given us your explicit consent to use the information; and
  • That the processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest.

We are only permitted to share your personal information with others in certain circumstances and if we take steps to ensure that your personal information will be secure.

Generally speaking, we must only use your personal information for the specific purposes we have told you about. If we want to use your personal information for other purposes, we need to contact you again to tell you about this.

We must not hold more personal information than we need for the purposes we have told you about and must not retain your personal information for longer than is necessary for those purposes (this is known as the “retention period”). We must also dispose of any information that we no longer need securely.

We must ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect your personal information.

We must act in accordance with your rights under data protection law.

We must not transfer your personal information outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) unless certain safeguards are in place. One such safeguard is that the personal data is only transferred to a country that has been approved by the European Commission as having an acceptable level of data protection law.

HOW WILL WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

 

How we will use your personal information, the legal bases we will rely upon, how long we will keep your personal information and other details are set out below.

 

CASEWORK

 

What personal information we will use

 

Your name;

Your address;

Your contact details (email address, telephone number etc.);

Information provided about you when raising an issue or a concern with me. This information may include special category personal information such as your:

racial or ethnic origins

political opinions

religious or philosophical beliefs

membership of a trade union

physical or mental health (including details of any disability)

sexual orientation

details of any known disability

commission or alleged commission of any offence

How we will obtain the personal information

 

Provided by you when you contact us with an enquiry or concern or by a third party where the enquiry or concern is raised on your behalf.

What purposes we will use the personal information for

 

We will use your name, address and other contact details to communicate with you about the issue or concern raised and to provide you with updates and feedback;

We will use your personal information to progress your issue or concern and to take steps to address the matter.

The legal bases for processing we rely upon

 

Our use of your personal information in connection with the purposes set out above is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in Swansea Labour. This is generally because the processing of your personal data by us will be in performance of casework activities which by their nature support or promote democratic engagement;

Where your issue or concern is one which involves the processing of special category data, our use of your special category personal data will be necessary for reasons of substantial public interest. This is because the processing is carried out by us in our capacity as an elected representative, in connection with the discharge of our functions and is in response to a request by you to take action or a request on your behalf.

How long we retain the personal information and why

 

We will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary to fulfil the purposes described in this policy. Information relating to casework will only be retained for as long as it is necessary to resolve or otherwise complete your request, although we may retain a minimum amount of information about closed cases in the event that you contact us again for help. If you have consented to receive information about our work, we will only retain your personal information so long as we are Councillor(s) for Swansea City and County Council and as a Political Candidate(s) for Welsh Labour (during the election period), or you ask not to be contacted further.  We will regularly review the personal information we hold to ensure that its use is necessary and proportionate.

WHEN WILL WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATON FOR DIRECT MARKETING?

 

In addition to data protection law, if we use your personal information for direct marketing purposes, we may also be subject to additional rules that regulate direct marketing. The term “direct marketing” essentially means directing marketing material or political campaign communications at a particular individual.

 

To ensure compliance with both data protection laws and the specific rules relating to direct marketing, we will only use your personal information to provide you with political campaign information, whether by telephone, email, text, or other forms of electronic communication [or by post] if you have given us your specific consent to do so.

 

Our legal basis for such processing under data protection law will therefore be that you have given your consent to process your personal data for direct marketing purposes.

We will retain your personal information unless and until you inform us that you no longer wish to receive direct marketing information from us. You can ask us to stop sending direct marketing to you at any time by contacting us using the details set out in the section below titled –

 

“How can you get in touch with us?”

 

IP ADDRESSES AND COOKIES

 

When visiting and interacting with most websites and services delivered via the internet, when you visit our website, the technology used on our website, and via the hosting provider(s) we use, gathers certain information and stores it in log files.

This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, operating system, browser version, cookie details, the content you viewed on our website, system and configuration information, and locale and language preferences. This information gathered will only be used to monitor and ensure the security of our website and the data kept on it and/or to make website improvements for the benefit of visitors to our website.  We collect and use Log Data to operate, maintain and improve upon the information we provide to our constituents and visitors to our website in our role as Councillor(s) for Swansea City and County Council and as a Political Candidate(s) for Welsh Labour (during the election period). For example, Log Data can help to detect new security threats on our website, identify malicious third parties, and provide more robust security protection for all users that visit and communicate with us via our website.

 

Our website may use cookies and other information gathering technologies for a variety of purposes, such as providing us with information about how visitors interact with the content on our website and to allow us to improve upon the services and/or information on our website for the benefit of all users. You can control how websites use cookies by configuring your browser’s privacy settings (please refer to your browser’s help section to learn more about cookie controls). If you choose to disable cookies entirely, the services and/or information provided on our website may not function properly.

 

NEWSLETTERS

 

What personal information we will use

 

Your name;

Your contact details (postal address, email address, telephone number etc.);

How we will obtain the personal information

 

Provided by you.

What purposes we will use the personal information for

 

To provide you with newsletters about the work we undertake in your area and in the Council.

The legal grounds we rely upon

 

  • You have given your consent

OR

Our use of your personal information in connection with the purposes set out above is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in me. This is because the processing of your personal data by us will be to provide you, by post, with communications about our work, an activity which we consider promotes democratic engagement

How long we retain the personal information and why

 

Until you tell us that you no longer wish to receive newsletters and updates from me. You can ask us to stop sending direct marketing to you at any time by contacting us using the details set out in the section below titled – “How can you get in touch with us?”

 

WHEN WILL WE SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH OTHERS?

 

Sometimes, we will need to share your personal information with others. This section sets out details of who we will share your personal information with and why. It also tells you about our legal basis for doing so under data protection law and steps we will take to protect your personal information.

 

Swansea City and County Council

 

Information about our relationship with the Swansea City and County Council

The Council is a local government body which, amongst other things, supports councillors in their work.

Why we need to share your personal information with staff of the Council

To obtain advice and assistance in dealing with your issue or concern.

The legal basis we rely upon when sharing your personal information

Sharing of personal data with staff at Swansea City and County Council in order to assist with your case will be necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in elected Councillors. This is generally because the processing of your personal data by us will be in the performance of casework activities which by their nature supports or promotes democratic engagement.

What precautions do we take?

Staff at Swansea City and County Council have undertaken data protection training and are aware of the importance of protecting personal data. The Council has in place appropriate policies and security measures to protect your personal information.

 

OTHER ORGANISATIONS WHO CAN ASSIST WITH YOUR CASE

 

Who are these Organisations?

 

We will share such of your personal information as is necessary with organisations who can assist with your case. Often these will be organisations such as local authorities and health boards which will, from time to time, depending on the nature of your query or concern, be able to assist with your case or will have information relevant to your case.

Why we need to share your personal information with them

 

To assist with your case or to obtain information relevant to your case.

The legal bases we rely upon when sharing your personal information

 

Sharing of personal data with such organisations will be necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in Swansea Labour. This is generally because the processing of your personal data by us will be in performance of casework activities which by their nature supports or promotes democratic engagement.

What precautions do we take?

 

We will only share personal data as is necessary and will take steps to determine that the organisations are aware of the importance of protecting personal data.

PROVIDERS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

 

Who will we be sharing your personal information with?

 

We work with other companies to help run our website. These companies provide services to help us to maintain our website, deliver support to our constituents, provide communications support and to maintain administrative and security support on our behalf. These Service Providers may only process personal information pursuant to instruction and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and other applicable confidentiality, security measures and regulations. We do not permit any Service Providers to use any personal information we share with them for their own marketing purposes or for any other purpose than in connection with the services they provide to Swansea Labour.

Why we need to share your personal information with such providers

 

We use suppliers of information technology products and services in connection with the supply, maintenance and/or improvement of our IT network, to manage casework effectively through appropriate software provision, and the creation, development hosting and maintenance of our website.

The legal bases we rely upon when sharing your personal information

 

We rely upon our legitimate interests in ensuring that our work as Councillor(s) for Swansea City and County Council and as a Political Candidate(s) for Welsh Labour (during the election period) is managed efficiently and our IT system can function properly and efficiently and that our IT network is secure.

What precautions do we take?

 

We enter into contracts with our IT providers which require them to put appropriate security measures in place and which restrict their use of your personal information.

OTHER THIRD PARTIES

 

 We may also need to share your personal information with others in the following circumstances:

 

Legal or regulatory requirements

 

On occasion, we may be required to disclose your personal information to organisations such as the courts or the police to comply with legal obligations we are subject to and/or to prevent fraud or crime.

 

Safeguarding

 

On occasion, we may need to disclose your personal information to other organisations such as the local authority or the police for safeguarding purposes in the substantial public interest.

 

Professional advice and legal action

 

We may need to disclose your personal information to our professional advisers (for example, lawyers and accountants) in connection with the provision by them of professional advice and/or the establishment or defence of legal claims.

 

CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH WE WILL SEND YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OUTSIDE THE EEA

 

Other than the cloud service provided by Microsoft, we do not envisage a need to send your personal data outside the EEA. As far as Microsoft is concerned Microsoft has put a written contract in place incorporating EC model clauses relating to the transfer of personal data outside the EEA which provide safeguards to protect your personal data.

 

If it becomes necessary in any other circumstance to transfer your personal data outside the EEA we will let you know but rest assured that if we do need to transfer your personal data outside the EEA, we will use one of these safeguards to make sure it is protected:

WE will only transfer it to a non-EEA country which the European Commission has decided has an adequate level of protection for personal data. You can find more about such countries here https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en or

We will obtain your explicit consent to do so.

WHAT RIGHTS DO YOU HAVE UNDER DATA PROTECTION LAW?

 

Under data protection law, you have a number of different rights relating to the use of your personal information. The table below contains a summary of those rights and our obligations. More information about your rights and our obligations can be found on the ICO Website https://ico.org.uk/.

 

Your rights – What this involves – What our obligations are

 

A right of access

 

This is a right to obtain access to your personal data and various supplementary information.

We must provide you with a copy or your personal information and the other supplementary information without undue delay and in any event within 1 month of receipt of your request;

We cannot charge you for doing so save in specific circumstances (such as where you request further copies of your personal information).

A right to have personal data rectified

 

This is a right to have your personal information rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete.

We must rectify any inaccurate or incomplete information without undue delay and in any event within 1 month of receipt of your request;

If we have disclosed your personal information to others, we must (subject to certain exceptions) contact the recipients to inform them, that your personal information requires rectification.

A right to erasure

 

This is a right to have your personal information deleted or removed. This right only applies in certain circumstances (such as where we no longer need the personal information for the purposes for which it was collected). We have the right to refuse to delete or remove your personal data in certain circumstances.

 

If this right applies, we must delete or remove your personal information without undue delay and in any event within 1 month of receipt of your request;

If we have disclosed your personal information to others, we must (subject to certain exceptions) contact then recipients to inform them that your personal information must be erased.

A right to object

 

This is a right to object to the use of your personal information. The right applies in certain specific circumstances only. You can use this right to challenge our use of your personal information based on our legitimate interests or where the processing is necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in Swansea Labour. You can also use this right to object to use of your personal information for direct marketing

If you object to us using your personal information for direct marketing, we must stop using your personal information in this way as soon as we receive your request.

If you object to other uses of your personal information, whether we have to stop using your personal information will depend on the particular circumstances.

A right to restrict processing

 

This is a right to ‘block’ or suppress processing of your personal information. This right applies in various circumstances, including where you contest the accuracy of your information).

If we are required to restrict our processing of your personal information we will be able to store it but not otherwise use it.

We may only retain enough information about you to ensure that the restriction is respected in future.

If we have disclosed your personal information to others, we must (subject to certain exceptions) contact them to tell them about the restriction on use.

If you wish to exercise any of your rights, you can make a request by contacting us using the details set out in the section below titled – “How can you get in touch with us?”

If you request the exercise of any of your rights we are entitled to ask you to provide us with any information that may be necessary to confirm your identity.

 

YOUR RIGHT TO WITHDRAW CONSENT

 

If you have given us your consent to use any of your personal information, you can withdraw your consent at any time. To do so, please contact us using the details set out in the section below titled – “How can you get in touch with us?”

 

HOW CAN YOU GET IN TOUCH WITH US?

 

You can get in touch with us in the following ways:

 

Postal address: 18 Princess Way, Swansea SA1 3LW

Email address: contactus@swansealabour.org

Phone number: [Insert Number once set up]

Social Media: @swansealabour

 

As an organisation, Swansea Labour are overseeing compliance with data protection law and this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, how your personal information is handled or if you wish to make a complaint, please contact us.

 

RIGHT TO COMPLAIN TO THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER’S OFFICER

 

If we are unable to deal with a complaint to your satisfaction or if you are unhappy with the way Swansea Labour are using your personal data, you also have the right to make a complaint at any time to the UK’s supervisory authority for data protection issues, the Information Commissioner’s Office.

 

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY NOTICE

 

We may update this privacy notice from time to time. If we make any substantial updates, we will provide you with a new privacy notice. we may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.