Privacy policy

The Data Protection Act

Braintree District Council is a Data Controller for the purpose of the Data Protection Act.   The Council has notified the Information Commissioner’s Office of the types of personal information it processes and the purposes for which it does so.

The Information Commissioner's Office is the independent body responsible for overseeing the Data Protection Act and maintains a public register which contains the name and address of Data Controllers with a description of the kind of processing they do.  Anyone can access this register and if you wish to view the Council’s entry you can access it via the Information Commissioner’s Office Website.

Also if you have questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner’s website offers useful advice and guidance.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you.   Braintree District Council respects your privacy. The information that you provide us with, or that is gathered automatically helps us to monitor our service and provide you with the services that you are entitled to as a resident of Braintree or visitor to our website.

What information do we collect?

We do not collect personal information about you when you visit the website unless you choose to provide it to us to take advantage of a specific service, for example when you complete an online form.

We will only collect personal details appropriate to the service you require. In some areas, this may simply mean registering your name, address and email details. Other on-line forms will require more information.

What do we use personal information for?

There are various reasons that we need to collect personal data. For example, we may need your contact details for correspondence purposes. Similarly, we may need information because of legal requirements.

Subject to your agreement, we may contact you to let you know about new online services, or get your feedback on how we're performing. In any event, we will only ever ask for information that is absolutely necessary and does not constitute an invasion of privacy.

We do not share any information we collect about you with other organisations.