Data protection and FoI
Personal Information Privacy Notice.
We value your personal information. Sefton Council collects
and processes personal information about its service users and
its employees. It processes this information in
accordance with The Data Protection Act. It will only gather
the minimum information necessary. The information will only be
used to provide you with an effective and joined-up service.
It will be adequately protected, and shared with other agencies
only where the law permits. Finally, it will be destroyed as
soon as it is no longer required.
Sharing your personal information with other agencies or
Sefton Council, along with all other Public Sector agencies, are
committed to providing joined-up, cost-effective services to
all our customers. To do this it is sometimes necessary
to share your information with other departments, agencies or
external service providers. This will only be done where the Law
permits, and will be done in compliance with the Law and with the
Information Commissioner's Statutory guidance on Data-sharing.
For more detailed information see our Legal notices, or
visit the Information
Commissioner's website. You can also
Search the Data Protection Register to find out what processing
of personal data is being carried out by a particular data
controller. Sefton Council's DPA Registration number is
Sharing without your knowledge.
In certain very rare and limited circumstances the Data
Protection Act permits us to share your personal data without
your knowledge. This is principally where the information
is needed for:
- the prevention and detection of a crime.
- the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.
- the assessment or collection of tax or duty.
The Council will still refuse to release personal
information if it feels the request is not compliant with the
requirements of the Data Protection Act, in particular if it feels
the request is not fair or lawful.
Access to personal information
You can find out if we hold any personal information about you
by making a ‘subject access request’ under the Data Protection Act.
If we do hold information about you we will:
- - give you a description of it
- - tell you why we are holding it
- - tell you who it could be disclosed to, and
- - let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible
We handle all information in a manner that respects the rights
of individuals and which complies with the requirements of the Data
Protection Act. To request any of your personal information held by
the Council, e-mail or write to us to us at the address
provided below. If we do hold information about you, you can ask us
to correct any mistakes by contacting us using the same contact
Access to other Council information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 enable the public to have access to
unpublished information that the Council holds, subject to certain
conditions and exemptions.
The Council has a Guide to
Information which provides an overview of the information that
is available to access.
The Council is committed to the proactive dissemination of
information, to be open and transparent and will publish
information unless restricted by legislation. Like all other public
sector organisations the Council is required to make the
information it holds available unless subject to an exemption. We
put as much information as we can onto the pages of our website.
Also see our Transparency webpage.
Who to send your information request to:
When asking for information of any kind, you can of course
address it to any department or individual. You do not have to go
through the addresses below. Your request will still be handled
under the appropriate Laws or regulations. However, if you are
unsure of a direct contact then:
For information regarding Children's
Services e-mail use email@example.com
For information regarding Adult Social Care e-mail us at
For all other areas, contact:
Data Protection and Information Security Officer.
Sefton Council ICT Client.
4th Floor, Magdalen House,
The National Fraud Initiative (NFI)
Sefton Council are required to participate in the Audit
Commission's National Fraud initiative and to share certain limited
personal information with other bodies responsible for auditing
or administering public funds. This enables them to
prevent and detect fraud. Our Fraud
Detection Privacy Notice gives details of why we must do
this and how your personal information may be used.
The Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act aims to promote a culture
of openness and accountability amongst public sector bodies, by
giving the public rights of access to the information held by them.
It is expected that these rights will facilitate better public
understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, why
they make the decisions they do and how they spend public
The Sefton Council FOI Publication Scheme and Guide
to Information will guide you to the information
that we publish. It will show how to obtain it, and
whether or not there is a charge involved. You can also find
more information on the Freedom of Information Act and your
Last Updated on 10/16/2012