1. Who we are?
South Norfolk Council is a registered district council whose office is based at:
South Norfolk House
Norwich NR15 2XE
2. About Data Protection Legislation
South Norfolk Council complies with all relevant ‘Data Protection Legislation’. Data Protection Legislation means the Data Protection Act 1998 as long as it is in force and thereafter the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and any national implementing laws.
Data Protection Legislation also includes the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as long as it is in force and thereafter any applicable legislation.
3. Why We Collect Information
South Norfolk Council processes information to enable us to provide a range of goods and services. We lawfully process this information in line with Data Protection Legislation.
Examples of information collected by us include, but are not limited to, details of:
- Visitors to our website
- People who contact us by email or phone
- Leisure service customers
- People who use e-billing to pay for council tax and their brown bin
- Individuals who submit planning consultation statements
- Housing applicants’ details
- Job Applicants and our current and former employees
- Individuals who complete Council surveys.
- People who receive information, news and offers about new and updated Council services
We do not pass on your details to any third parties unless at least one of the below criteria applies:
- You give us permission
- The Council is legally obliged to do so
- It is for the prevention or detection of crime
- It is for the prevention of fraud
4. Visitors to our website
4.1 What information do we collect?
We will only collect relevant personal information from you. Furthermore, when we collect this data we will detail how long we will retain this data for or the criteria used to make this decision.
We collect information from visitors to the South Norfolk Council website in four main ways, these are:
- Requests for information or services via email
- Customers creating an account on the Customer Portal
- Requests for information via online forms
- Feedback via an online form.
Some features on our websites will not function if you do not allow cookies.
Cookies are small text files stored in your browser by most websites to help remember choices you have made, personalise your web experience or provide anonymous statistics that enable website improvement. For example; if you complete an online website survey, it will send a cookie to your computer so that it will not invite you to complete it again on your next visit.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device, and how to manage and delete them, visit the ICO’s website on cookies.
Please be aware that if you disable cookies this will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, and may prevent you from accessing services available on this website. We do not share cookies with any third party.
Under Data Protection Legislation where a unique identifier, internet protocol address, cookie identifier or other online identifier leaves traces of information, when combined with unique identifiers and other information received by the servers to identity a natural person this is defined as Personal Data. We will lawfully process this Personal Data seeking your consent whereby you can opt out of non-essential cookies.
On first visit the cookie preference management solution will ask you to confirm consent showing essential and non-essential cookies. If you confirm acceptance of these cookies, these will then be saved and available via a link which will always be visible on the page. This will allow you to change your preferences at any time.
For a list of the cookies we will potentially use please scroll to the bottom of the page.
4.3 Online payments
South Norfolk Council is serious about guarding the security of your personal data and the details of any transactions you make, and uses leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard your data. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, a standard supported by major internet browsers. All of your personal and payment card details are protected using strong encryption when transmitted over the internet.
Our online credit and debit card processing for Council Tax and Green Bins is undertaken by Capita. We do not hold any credit or debit card information that you enter on their secure online payments system.
If you sign up to e-billing, you are agreeing to South Norfolk Council using your email address to provide your council tax, garden waste and any future Council bills electronically. To ensure that you receive bills electronically, you accept that it is your responsibility to tell us if your email address changes and supply us with your new email address – you can do this by updating your details on our customer portal or by emailing email@example.com or calling us on 0808 178 7141 for council tax or on 0808 178 7142 for business rates.
4.5.1 Planning Applicants
Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (and relevant secondary legislation including The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015) South Norfolk Council are required to ensure that a local planning register is made available for public inspection. This register will include:
- A copy of every application for planning permission together with accompanying plans and drawing
- The Reference Number
- A copy of the decision.
The register is available to view at the Council offices and also on the Council’s website. This information will be kept indefinitely.
The planning application will include the following information:
- Applicant’s Name and address
- Details of the proposal
- Location of the land to which the Planning Application relates
- Application Date
Agent’s details completed on planning forms will be taken as being provided in their capacity as a business and will therefore be published as part of the planning file.
4.5.2 Comments on Planning Applications
If you make a comment to the Council, this comment, along with your name and address, will be made available on our website. Additional pieces of personal information will be redacted so that it cannot be seen. Unfortunately, we are unable to take anonymous views into consideration.
If you submit your written views to a District Councillor this will ordinarily be classed as ‘lobbying’ and the District Councillor will therefore be obliged to pass these on to the planning officer, and they will then be published on the Council website.
If you submit a comment on behalf of a group the name and address supplied will be used and published on our website.
Planning law prescribes that consultation must take place between South Norfolk Council, as a local planning authority, and certain prescribed organisations (‘Statutory Consultees’). Where we collect data from Statutory Consultees the information will ordinarily be published within the Planning file.
Decision Notices will be available on our website.
Comments will be deleted from the Planning file and the Council’s website seven years from the date of the Decision.
4.5.3 Written Decision Notices of Planning Applications
Decision notices will be published on our website and within the weekly list of planning applications/Decisions. The personal data required at 4.5.1 will be listed here in line with The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015. This information will be retained indefinitely.
4.6 Up to Date News
The customer portal allows you to create an account where you can update and amend your details, or choose how we contact you.
You can select via the customer portal or via webforms if you would like to hear from us by Email or Text Message. You can also select any of the following categories if you would like to receive up to date news:
- News & Upcoming Events (Latest news from across the Council and events)
- Business (Latest news for national and local businesses)
- Health & Community (Latest news on health services, leisure centres and local community Groups)
- Environment & Recycling (Latest news and updates on recycling and environmental issues)
4.6.1 How do I update my preferences or unsubscribed?
If you provide additional contact details within your preferences, we will subsequently use this data to administer your accounts with the Council and to provide any services and products details which you have selected.
Emails - You can update your preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘update your preferences and unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of emails we send you relating to information, news and offers or by altering your selection on the customer portal. This will immediately remove you from our email mailing list.
SMS – You can unsubscribe from text messages by texting ‘STOP’ back to the number which you received the message from. This will immediately remove you from our SMS mailing list.
4.7 Photographs of people on our website
Before we use photographs where people can be individually identified we ask them to sign a form giving us permission to use it. If it is a photo of anyone under 18 we will get permission from the parent or guardian. We specifically ask for permission to use a photo in promotional publications or videos, in press releases, and on this website. When we ask for permission to use this photograph we will:
- Tell you what we are doing with your personal data
- Explain to you what to do if you have any questions or are unhappy about our usage of the data
- Be clear with you about the safeguards in place to protect your data
We will not publish a photo of anyone on this website unless consent has first been given. The permission is granted for the photo to be used on our website only - we have copyright of the photograph and it must not be copied or used in any way without our permission.
4.8 Links to other websites
4.9 Keeping your data secure
Sending information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we can’t guarantee the security of your data whilst it is in transit.
We do however have procedures and security features in place to keep your data secure once we receive it.
4.10 Geo-Location Information
When you use certain features of some South Norfolk Council applications, including Wym Trails, we may collect information about your precise or approximate location as determined through data such as your IP address or mobile device’s GPS to offer you an improved user experience. Mobile devices should ordinarily allow you to control or disable the use of location services for applications in the device’s settings menu.
5. Your Rights
Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have a right to request the following in regards to your personal data:
- To access the information which we hold about you.
- To withdraw your consent
- To restrict processing
- To rectification of personal data where there is an error
- To erase your details from our systems
- To port your data to another organisation
- To object to the processing
These rights are not absolute, and in some circumstances, these rights may not apply or there may be an exception to one of these rights. We will clearly explain to you if one of these legal exceptions or exemptions applies.
If you would like to request any of the above or have any other questions or concerns about how we collect, store and otherwise process data please contact South Norfolk Council’s Data Protection Officer at:
, the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO):
T) 0303 123 1113
6. Data Controller and Data Regulator
Under Data Protection Legislation South Norfolk Council is a Data Controller, when it makes decisions about the data we process and how this will be processed.
However, in some circumstances, we may use a third party to process our information, who will often be defined under Data Protection Legislation as a Data Processor. An example is where we contract a third party to supply us with system software.
We will always ensure that third parties agree to comply with all relevant Data Protection Legislation and with South Norfolk Council’s policies.
Data Controllers are regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office who can be contacted at:
The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) and Returning Officer (RO) are data controllers who collect and use information about residents to enable us to carry out specific functions for which we are statutorily responsible.
We keep records about potential and actual electors, voters, citizens, candidates and their agents, staff employed at an election and the people we need to pay. These may be written down or kept on a computer.
These records may include:
- basic details about you – for example, your name, address, date of birth and nationalityunique identifiers (such as your NI number)
- scanned application forms & dates of any letters of correspondence
- notes about any relevant circumstances that you have told us
- your previous or any redirected address
- the other occupants in your home
- If you are over 76 or under 18
- whether you have chosen to opt out of the Open version of the Register of Electors
We will, based on your nationality, include your name on the Electoral Register so that you are able to vote.
It is important that our records are accurate and up-to-date as they will help make sure that our staff are able to provide you with the help, advice or support you need.
How long will we keep it for?
The Electoral Registration Officer & Returning Officer need to process your personal data in order to prepare for and conduct elections. Your details will be kept and updated in accordance with our legal obligations and in line with statutory retention periods and the periods in our retention schedule.
Occasions when your information needs to be shared include:
- with our printers and software providers, to compile and manage the register, to print your poll cards, postal vote packs and other electoral material
- with registered political parties, elected representatives, candidates, agents and other permitted participants who can use it for electoral purposes only
- with Credit reference agencies, the British Library, UK Statistics Authority, the Electoral Commission and other statutory recipients of the Electoral Register
- details of whether you have voted (but not how you have voted) with those who are entitled in law to receive it after an election
- where the health and safety of others is at risk
- when the law requires us to pass on information under special circumstances, crime prevention or the detection of fraud as part of the National Fraud Initiative
We are required by law to report certain information to appropriate authorities – for example:
- where a formal court order has been issued
- for the prevention or detection of a crime
- to the Jury Central Summoning Bureau indicating those persons who are aged 76 or over and are no longer eligible for jury service
The process of checking citizens’ personal identifiers to ensure eligibility for inclusion in the Electoral Register is overseen by the Cabinet Office via the IER Digital Service.
The Department for Work and Pensions use registration data to verify the identity of new applicants, and the Cabinet Office will inform local authorities when people have moved out of their area.
Unsubscribe to emails from electoral services
If you no longer wish to be contacted by electoral services by emails, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Open Register
If your details are in the Open version of the Electoral Register, your name and address can be sold to third parties who may use it for any purpose. The law requires that we make the Open Register available for sale.
You can opt out of this version of the register at any time by emailing email@example.com.
Can I see my records?
The Data Protection Act 2018 allows you to find out what information is held about you, on paper and computer records. This is known as ‘right of subject access’ and applies to your Electoral Services records along with all other personal records.
If you wish to see a copy of your records you should contact the Data Protection officer. You are entitled to receive a copy of your records free of charge, within a month.
In certain circumstances access to your records may be limited, for example, if the records you have asked for contain information relating to another person.
Do I have Other Rights?
The Data Protection Act 2018 allows you other rights; for example, if there is an error in your records you have the right to make sure it is rectified or erased.
You have the right to be told if we have made a mistake whilst processing your data and we will report breaches to the Commissioner.
If you would like to know more about how we use your information, please tell us.
Contact the Data Protection Officer:
Electoral Services Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01508 533704
You can also complain to the Information Commissioner: https://ico.org.uk/