How we use your data

All personal information is processed strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Data Protection Principles. This means that information is handled confidentially and sensitively and that all appropriate security checks and measures are taken to ensure that all personal information is processed fairly and lawfully.

Personal information shall be used for the purpose for which it was acquired and shall not be processed further other than in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Worcester City Council shall not keep personal information for longer than is necessary.

The Council makes sure that data remains accurate and up to date, however, it is important that you inform us of any changes to your personal information to help us keep your information accurate and up to date and we will ensure that service users are advised of any changes arising within the Council that may affect personal data.

Some of the personal information processed by the Council is classed as "sensitive" data under the 1998 Act (for example, racial or ethnic origin, marital status, health records etc.) and, as such, will be treated accordingly. Appropriate security will be in place to ensure that information (such as medical certificates) is retained confidentially and handled appropriately.

The Council will not usually release information to third parties (including family members) without your consent, unless it is in compliance with the Data Protection Act and is for a specified purpose.

For further guidance regarding the powers of the Data Protection Act 1998 and how this affects you, impartial information can be found on the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) website here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/data-protection-principles/ , including the Data Protection Principles by which all organisations must abide.

You can also find further guidance on the Government website, here: https://www.gov.uk/data-protection/the-data-protection-act