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  1. What is personal data?


Personal data” is any information about a living individual which allows them to be identified from that data (for example a name, photographs, videos, email address or address). This applies in the United Kingdom including the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) and other legislation relating to personal data and rights such as the Human Rights Act.


  1. Who are we?


This Privacy Notice is provided to you by Great Torrington Town Council which is the data controller for your data.


  1. Other data controllers the Council works with:



We may need to share your personal data we hold with them so that they can carry out their responsibilities to the Council. If we and the other data controllers listed above are processing your data jointly for the same purposes, then the Council and the other data controllers may be “joint data controllers” which mean we are all collectively responsible to you for your data. Where each of the parties listed above are processing your data for their own independent purposes then each of us will be independently responsible to you and if you have any questions, wish to exercise any of your rights (see below) or wish to raise a complaint, you should do so directly to the relevant data controller.


A description of what personal data the Council processes and for what purposes is set out in this Privacy Notice.


The Council will process some or all of the following personal data where necessary to perform its tasks:



  1. How we use sensitive personal data




The Council will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal data we hold about you must be:



We use your personal data for some or all of the following purposes:



  1. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?


The Council is a public authority and has certain powers and obligations. Most of your personal data is processed for compliance with a legal obligation which includes the discharge of the Council’s statutory functions and powers. Sometimes when exercising these powers or duties it is necessary to process personal data of residents or people using the Council’s services. We will always take into account your interests and rights. This Privacy Notice sets out your rights and the Council’s obligations to you.


We may process personal data if it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, or to take steps to enter into a contract. An example of this would be the acceptance of an allotment garden tenancy.


  1. Sharing your personal data


This section provides information about the third parties with whom the Council may share your personal data. These third parties have an obligation to put in place appropriate security measures and will be responsible to you directly for the manner in which they process and protect your personal data. It is likely that we will need to share your data with some or all of the following (but only where necessary):

  1. How long do we keep your personal data?

We will keep some records permanently if we are legally required to do so. We may keep some other records for an extended period of time. For example, it is currently best practice to keep financial records for a minimum period of 7 years to support HMRC audits or provide tax information. We may have legal obligations to retain some data in connection with our statutory obligations as a public authority. The council is permitted to retain data in order to defend or pursue claims. In some cases the law imposes a time limit for such claims (for example 3 years for personal injury claims or 6 years for contract claims). We will retain some personal data for this purpose as long as we believe it is necessary to be able to defend or pursue a claim. In general, we will endeavour to keep data only for as long as we need it. This means that we will delete it when it is no longer needed.


  1. Your rights and your personal data


You have the following rights with respect to your personal data:


When exercising any of the rights listed below, in order to process your request, we may need to verify your identity for your security. In such cases we will need you to respond with proof of your identity before you can exercise these rights.




  1. Children

There is special protection for the personal data of a child. The age when a child can give their own consent is 13. If the Council requires consent from young people under 13, the Council must obtain a parent or guardian’s consent in order to process the personal data lawfully. Consent forms for children age 13 plus, must be written in language that they will understand.

  1. Contact


You can contact Town Council on 01805 626135 or via e-mail or write: Castle Hill, Great Torrington, EX38 8AA

The Information Commissioner’s Office of 0303 123 1113 or via e-mail or at The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF


  1. Transfer of Data Abroad


Any personal data transferred to countries or territories outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) will only be placed on systems complying with measures giving equivalent protection of personal rights either through international agreements or contracts approved by the European Union. [Our website is also accessible from overseas so on occasion some personal data (for example in a newsletter) may be accessed from overseas].


  1. Further processing


If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing

  1. Changes to this notice


We keep this Privacy Notice under regular review and we will place any updates on our web page.