Westbury Town Council will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25th May 2018 and supersedes the Data Protection Act 1998 and being a registered Data Controller (Reg. No ZA218946 05.12.16 to 04.12.18), we are committed to keeping your personal information accurate and up to date. We will not keep your information longer than necessary or for any reason not clearly explained to you.
This privacy notice aims to explain how we will use your personal information and the procedures we follow to protect your privacy.
This notice applies to all personal data collected for or on behalf of the Westbury Town Council. This includes information collected by letter, email, face to face, telephone or online.
If you receive a specific service from us, you may also receive a privacy notice regarding this service.
By using our website, you are agreeing to accept this privacy notice. This notice will be reviewed at least annually, so please check back here each time you submit personal data to us.
How we use your personal information
We collect and use your personal information, so we can provide you with statutory and other services. We use your information for the purpose for which you provided the information. We also use this information to monitor our performance in responding to your request.
We use your information in the following ways:
- to tell you about services and provide services appropriate to you, for example highlighting additional help or services available to you.
- for insight purposes to allow us to analyse patterns and trends of service usage
- for service and financial planning, to help us create policy and inform decision making.
- to process financial transactions including grants and payments involving the Town Council or where the Town Council is acting on behalf of other government organisations, for example Wiltshire Council.
- to help us to verify your identity, if you ask us for help.
- to ensure that the council meets its statutory duties, including those imposed by the Equality and Health and Safety Acts.
- where necessary for law enforcement functions, e.g. licensing, planning enforcement, trading standards and food safety (Events) where the Town Council is legally obliged to carry out such processing.
- to help investigate any concerns or complaints you have may have about the services you receive.
- to enable the Town Council to sign post to the correct government body or organisation.
- to improve the health of the population we serve. To help with this, we use data and information from a range of sources including Wiltshire Council and Clinical Commissioning Group to understand more about the nature and causes of disease and ill-health in the area. This data, does not identify individuals.
- where otherwise allowed under law. For further information on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in May 2018, please refer to the Information Commissioner’s website
We do not disclose or share sensitive or confidential information without your explicit consent except in a small number of situations where disclosure is allowed by law, or where we have good reason to believe that failing to do so would put you or someone else at risk.
The Town Council is obliged to protect public funds. We may use personal information and data-matching techniques to help us to detect and prevent fraud and ensure public money is spent in the most appropriate and cost-effective way. To achieve this, we may share information with other organisations which audit or administer public funds. This includes the Audit Commission, the Department for Work and Pensions, other local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Police.
The Town Council do not currently record telephone conversations. Should change this change in the future, the reasons will include; to help with staff training, maintain records of conversations or to help with the detection, investigation and prevention of crime. We will tell you if your call is being recorded.
We may use personal information to identify people who will need extra support during emergencies or major incidents e.g. emergency planning.
We are keen to make sure that we are providing the assets, facilities and services that are needed and may contact you to make you aware of news, events, services or support which could be of interest to you. We may invite you to sign up for other services at the same time (for example, a mailing list). You can choose not to accept this invitation.
We may also ask for feedback on how we are performing or ask for your views on services which you have been using.
You may not want us to collect or share your personal information, or you may set conditions on how we can use it. In these cases, we may not be able to provide with the service you need or may only be able to provide it in a limited way. There are occasions when we have a statutory obligation to collect or use personal information. In those cases, we will not be able to agree to your request.
We may use ethnic, gender, sexual orientation and age information (i.e. equalities data) to compile statistics in order to comply with equality legislation and assist in planning and service provision. Such data does not identify individuals or affect your entitlement to services.
The information we collect may be shared between Town Council services and with other organisations, such as government bodies, the police, health and social care organisations providing you with services and educational establishments.
We will only share your personal information when we are permitted to or are required to by law or we have your consent to do so as required by law.
The Town Council does not pass personal data to other organisations for marketing purposes without your consent.
Your personal information may be processed by an approved external service provider acting on our behalf to provide services. For example, our Internal Auditor or H&S Consultant.
Emails that we send to you or you send to us may be kept as a record of contact. We may also store your email address for future use. If we need to email sensitive or confidential information to you, we will check that we are using the correct email address and may use additional security measures. If you need to send us sensitive information, we recommend using our secure email addresses, online forms, where provided or the postal service.
You can ask us to stop processing your personal data in relation to any Town Council service. This may delay or prevent us delivering a service to you. We will try to meet your request, but we may be required to hold or process information to meet our legal duties.
You are entitled to request access to and a copy of any information we hold about you.
If you find that the information that the Town Council holds about you is no longer accurate, you have the right to ask to have this corrected. We may not always be able to change or remove the information. However, we will correct factual inaccuracies and may include your comments in the records.
Queries and complaints
If you would like further information or have a complaint about any of the details in this notice, please contact us by email or post:
This website contains external links to third party sites. Our privacy notice applies only to information collected by or on behalf of the County Council. If you go to another website, you should read their privacy notice before you give them any personal details.
The Steepest and Most Challenging Course in the UK, winding (hurtling) down the picturesque chalk escarpment above Westbury, Wiltshire