My policy is operated in accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018), which incorporated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
This website is operated in the following capacities:
I am an Elected Member of Redditch Borough Council and Worcestershire County Council. As part of my work in the community I contact officers of the Councils and other organisations, including third party organisations, on your behalf to investigate problems and provide solutions, and to answer your questions. I will ask you if I may share your information at the appropriate time.
The Data Protection Act (2018) allows me to collect and use the personal information you give me because I am helping you in my official role as your local Councillor. Under the Data Protection Act (2018) this is known as performance of a public task.
In extreme circumstances I may be required or duty-bound to share your information with public authorities such as the police or social services and it may be necessary for me to do this without your express prior consent.
When visitors leave comments on this website I collect the data shown in the comments form (e.g. your name), and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Where you leave a comment on a Facebook post and I am the author/owner of the page/profile that created the post I reserve the right to hide/remove/delete your comment if I feel it is, in my sole judgement, harmful or likely to cause harm or distress. The definition of ‘harm’ shall be determined by me in the context of the material being assessed and the wider implications.
If you fill out a form on this website the data I may collect about you might include:
In some cases, to help you with certain cases, I may need to collect and store additional information, some of which may be sensitive in nature.
In addition to this website I may collect information about you in other ways, including:
If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit the login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in to this website the system will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
This website uses tools like Google Analytics to provide me with usage statistics.
If you contact me with an issue it may be necessary for me to share your data with officers of the council, the MP, and other councillors as I deem appropriate. Where possible I will let you know when I have done this.
In some cases I may be legally required not to tell you about data I have shared such as in relation to police investigations.
If you have contacted me about an issue I will keep your information usually for the duration of my term of office (4 years from May 2018). If I am re-elected for additional terms I will contact you to seek permission to keep your data for longer, otherwise it will be destroyed after 9 years.
If there are open cases at the end of my term of office and I am not successfully re-elected I will use my best endeavours to pass your case to a colleague in the ward who remains on the council and I will contact you to seek permission to do this in advance of handing any files over. If you do not wish your file to be handed over please let me know.
I may be required to keep your data for longer than 9 years if required by law or other legal obligation.
If you leave a comment on this website, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on this website (if any), it will also store the personal information you provide in your user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service to help me reduce security threats.
When raising cases with me your data may also be stored on casework management and/or CRM systems. I always try to ensure these systems keep your data within the United Kingdom, but given the nature of technology it is possible that your data is routed through or stored in the EU or USA. Please contact me if you would like the details of which systems I use to store your data. I do not publish details of IT systems in the public domain to reduce security threats.
You may write to me at my personal home address if you wish, or you can contact me at either Redditch’s Town Hall or Worcestershire’s County Hall.
124 Patch Lane
You can complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how I have used your data.
The ICO’s address:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Helpline number: 0303 123 1113