We value your personal information. Sefton Council collects and processes personal information about its service users and its employees.
It processes this information in accordance with The Data Protection Act. It will only gather the minimum information necessary.
The information will only be used to provide you with an effective and joined-up service. It will be adequately protected, and shared with other agencies only where the law permits. Finally, it will be destroyed as soon as it is no longer required.
Sharing your personal information
Sefton Council, along with all other Public Sector agencies, are committed to providing joined-up, cost-effective services to all our customers. To do this it is sometimes necessary to share your information with other departments, agencies or external service providers. This will only be done where the Law permits, and will be done in compliance with the Law and with the Information Commissioner's Statutory guidance on Data-sharing.
For more detailed information see our Legal notices, or visit the Information Commissioner's website. You can also Search the Data Protection Register to find out what processing of personal data is being carried out by a particular data controller. Sefton Council's DPA Registration number is Z6451588.
Sharing without your knowledge
In certain very rare and limited circumstances the Data Protection Act permits us to share your personal data without your knowledge. This is principally where the information is needed for:
- the prevention and detection of a crime
- the apprehension or prosecution of offenders
- the assessment or collection of tax or duty.
The Council will still refuse to release personal information if it feels the request is not compliant with the requirements of the Data Protection Act, in particular if it feels the request is not fair or lawful.
Access to personal information
You can find out if we hold any personal information about you by making a subject access request under the Data Protection Act. If we do hold information about you we will:
- give you a description of it
- tell you why we are holding it
- tell you who it could be disclosed to
- let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.
We handle all information in a manner that respects the rights of individuals and which complies with the requirements of the Data Protection Act. To request any of your personal information held by the Council, e-mail or write to us to us at the address provided below. If we do hold information about you, you can ask us to correct any mistakes by contacting us using the same contact details.
Access to other Council information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 enable the public to have access to unpublished information that the Council holds, subject to certain conditions and exemptions.
The Council is committed to the proactive dissemination of information, to be open and transparent and will publish information unless restricted by legislation. Like all other public sector organisations the Council is required to make the information it holds available unless subject to an exemption.