Keeping your data safe
Personal data means data which relate to a living individual who can be identified.
- from those data, or
- from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller,
and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any indication of the intentions of the data controller or any other person in respect of the individual.
The data protection law “GDPR” (General Data Protection Regulations) comes (came) in to force on May 25, 2018.
These regulations protect your personal data in the following ways:
- Your personal data is only stored for the purpose for what it was collected for.
- When it is no longer required it will be destroyed/removed to the required standard as specified in the law.
- Whilst holding your personal data we will ensure it is stored safely and securely and we will have processes in place to ensure ongoing security of your data.
- We will not share your data with any 3rd party organisation without your specific consent and you will have the right to withdraw that consent at any time.
- We will only send you marketing material that you have agreed to receive.
What data do we collect and where from?
We collect the details you submit to us when you complete an online form as an application for a particular visit or programme, or to sign up for our newsletters
Petitions and Surveys
We may also collect information that you voluntarily provide to us when you respond to petitions or surveys including your responses to any questions they might ask.
Cookies and IP addresses
We may collect information about how you interact with our websites using Cookies and your connection’s Internet Connection (IP) Address if your browser is set to accept/provide such.
We also collect anonymised publicly available information from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, for example likes, shares, tweets and posts about the Green Party and its activities and campaigns. This information is provided to us by the third party social media platform.
What do we use your data for?
We use the data you provide us to communicate with our constituents and supporters about the work of Gina Dowding MEP and her office staff, opportunities, activities and campaigns. We use your data, including any voluntarily provided information, to choose which information we believe may be of interest to you. Our communications may be via Post, Telephone, Email or Social Media.
As the office of an MEP we use any of your expressed political opinions to inform our campaigning including what issues we promote, how we contact you and what we say to you.
We only hold data where we have a legal basis to do so.
Who do we share your data with?
We do not share your data directly with third parties.
From time to time we may need to share some of your data with third party data processors (such as technology providers, website hosts, online systems). Where we do so we will have a data processing agreement with the third party, and where they are located outside the European Economic Area (EEA) we will ensure that they provide enough security and privacy to enable us to meet our legal obligations to you.
An example of this would be where we use a third party email provider to deliver our emails to you. We would need to share your email address with the supplier to carry out this function but their processing of your data would be in line with a data processing agreement we would have with them.
What rights do you have?
You can find out more at the Information Commissions Officer website – https://www.ico.org.uk