GDPR Policy

Newborough Parish Council – GDPR Policy

Purpose of the policy and background to the General Data Protection Regulation

This policy explains to councillors, employees and the public about GDPR. Personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly and transparently; collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes; be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for processing; be accurate and kept up to date; be kept only for as long as is necessary for processing and be processed in a manner that ensures its security. This policy updates any previous data protection policy and procedures to include the additional requirements of GDPR which applied in the UK from May 2018. The Government have confirmed that despite the UK leaving the EU, GDPR will still be a legal requirement. This policy explains the duties and responsibilities of the council and it identifies the means by which the council will meet its obligations.

 Identifying the roles and minimising risk

GDPR requires that everyone within the council must understand the implications of GDPR and that roles and duties must be assigned. The Council is the data controller and must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO).  It is the DPO’s duty to undertake an information audit and to manage the information collected by the council. A council must adhere to the issuing of privacy statements, dealing with requests and complaints raised and also the safe disposal of information. GDPR requires continued care by everyone within the council, councillors and employees, in the sharing of information about individuals, whether as a hard copy or electronically. A breach of the regulations could result in the council facing a fine from the Information Commissioner’s Offi­ce (ICO) for the breach itself and also to compensate the individual(s) who could be adversely aff­ected. Therefore, the handling of information is seen as high / medium risk to the council (both financially and in terms of reputation) and one which must be included in the Model Publication Scheme for the council. Such risk can be minimised by undertaking an information audit, issuing privacy statements, maintaining privacy impact assessments (an audit of potential data protection risks with new projects), minimising who holds data protected information and the council undertaking training in data protection awareness.

The Parish Council has access to the following personal data, stored in a variety of ways: – 

  • Parish Councillors’ personal e-mail addresses – normally used for all electronic correspondence between the Councillors and the Parish Clerk
  • Parish Councillors’ home addresses and phone numbers, retained by the Parish Clerk
  • Parish Councillors’ home addresses, sponsorship, contracts, employment details, licences, corporate tenancies, securities – declared every year on the Register of Councillors Interests, or more recently the Register of Member’s Interests form.  Copies are retained by the Parish Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council and the information is published on the Newborough Parish Website and the ESBC website
  • Parish Clerk’s name, address and telephone number, and Parish Councillors names only, published on the Newborough Parish Council website
  • Same information published on the ESBC and SCC website
  • Parish Clerk’s name, address and telephone number on all correspondence from the Parish Council.
  • Parish Clerk’s salary details and contract of employment held on file.  Salary information shared with Payroll Administrator and HMRC, and included within Annual Accounts that are published on the Parish Website.
  • All Parishioners’ names and address, recorded on the Electoral Roll, a copy of which is retained by the Parish Clerk.
  • All letters, from parishioners are held on file in lockable filing cabinet and all emails from parishioners are held on the Councils laptop which has secure passwords.
  • Where Emails are received directly from parishioners to any Councillors these are forwarded immediately to the Clerk of Newborough Parish Council emails address and no other recipient. 

Data breaches

One of the duties assigned to the DPO is the investigation of any breaches. Personal data breaches should be reported to the DPO for investigation. The DPO will conduct this with the support of the council. Investigations must be undertaken within one month of the report of a breach. Procedures are in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach. The ICO will be advised of a breach (within 3 days) where it is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals – if, for example, it could result in discrimination, damage to reputation, financial loss, loss of confidentiality, or any other significant economic or social disadvantage. Where a breach is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals, the DPO will also have to notify those concerned directly.

Employees, volunteers and members must be careful not to use IT in any way that can be deemed unacceptable conduct, for example the discussion of internal council matters on social media sites could result in reputational damage for the Council and to individuals.

Privacy Notices

Being transparent and providing accessible information to individuals about how the Council uses personal data is a key element of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The most common way to provide this information is in a privacy notice. This is a notice to inform individuals about what a council does with their personal information. A privacy notice will contain the name and contact details of the data controller and Data Protection O­fficer, the purpose for which the information is to be used and the length of time for its use. It should be written clearly and should advise the individual that they can, at any time, withdraw their agreement for the use of this information. Issuing of a privacy notice must be detailed on the Information Audit kept by the council. The council will adopt a privacy notice to use, although some changes could be needed depending on the situation, for example where children are involved. All privacy notices must be verifiable.

Information Audit

The DPO must undertake an information audit which details the personal data held, where it came from, the purpose for holding that information and with whom the council will share that information. This will include information held electronically or as a hard copy. Information held could change from year to year with diff­erent activities, and so the information audit will be reviewed and recorded at least annually or when the council undertakes a new activity. The information audit review should be conducted ahead of the review of this policy and the reviews should be minuted. 

Individuals’ Rights

GDPR gives individuals rights with some enhancements to those rights already in place:

 the right to be informed

 the right of access

 the right to rectification

the right to erasure

 the right to restrict processing

 the right to data portability

the right to object

the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling

The two enhancements of GDPR are that individuals now have a right to have their personal data erased (sometime known as the ‘right to be forgotten’) where their personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected and data portability must be done free of charge. Data portability refers to the ability to move, copy or transfer data easily between diff­erent computers.

If a request is received to delete information, then the DPO must respond to this request within a month. The DPO has the delegated authority from the Council to delete information. If a request is considered to be manifestly unfounded then the request could be refused or a charge may apply. The charge will be as detailed in the council’s Freedom of Information Publication Scheme. The council will be informed of such requests.


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.


 The main actions arising from this policy are:

 The Council must be registered with the ICO.

 A copy of this policy will be available on the Council’s website. The policy will be considered as a core policy for the Council.

An information audit will be conducted and reviewed at least annually or when projects and services change.

Privacy notices must be issued.

This policy document is written with current information and advice. It will be reviewed at least annually or when further advice is issued by the ICO.

All employees, volunteers and councillors are expected to comply with this policy at all times to protect privacy, confidentiality and the interests of the Council.

Annual review and training for Councillors will take place at each November parish Council Meeting.

Reviewed by C Holmes (Clerk of the Parish) and xxxxx

Agreed and implemented on