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privacy policy

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when the Cheshire West and Chester Council website collects personal information.

Statement of intent

When you supply any personal information to Cheshire West and Chester Council we have legal obligations under the Data Protection in the way we deal with that information. In particular, we must:

  • Collect the information fairly
  • Let you know how we will use it
  • Keep the information secure

We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Whenever you provide personal information we will treat your information in accordance with this privacy policy, and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Information we may collect from you

If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be upfront about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

When you fill in an online form, register online, contact us, or interact with us in any other way, Cheshire West and Chester Council may sometimes receive personal information about you, such as your

  • Name;
  • Email address;
  • Postal address;
  • Telephone number;
  • Debit or credit card details

When you visit our site, we also sometimes use cookies, and collect information about your visit. For more details, please see our cookies page.

Disclosure of information

We will keep your personal information confidential, and will not supply it to any third party without your consent, unless we are obliged or permitted by law to do so, for example under the National Fraud Initiative.

We sometimes use third parties to process your information on our behalf (for example, to send out e-mail or analyse data). However, we require them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own business purposes.

Cookies

Like many other web sites we use Cookies on our site. Cookies can help a website to personalise your visit. A Cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the Cookie file of the browser on your computer's hard disk so that the website can, among other things, remember who you are.

Details of our Cookie usage policy, including how to disable them is available on the Cookie Information page.

Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

Job applicants, current and former Cheshire West and Chester Council employees

When individuals apply to work at Cheshire West and Chester Council, we will only use the information they supply to us to process their application and to monitor recruitment statistics.

Where we want to disclose information to a third party, for example where we want to take up a reference or obtain a ‘disclosure’ from the Criminal Records Bureau we will not do so without informing them beforehand unless the disclosure is required by law.

Personal information about unsuccessful candidates will be held for 12 months after the recruitment exercise has been completed, it will then be destroyed or deleted.

We retain de-personalised statistical information about applicants to help inform our recruitment activities, but no individuals are identifiable from that data.

Once a person has taken up employment with Cheshire West and Chester Council, we will compile a file relating to their employment. The information contained in this will be kept secure and will only be used for purposes directly relevant to that person’s employment.

Once their employment with Cheshire West and Chester Council has ended, we will retain the file in accordance with the requirements of our retention schedule and then delete it.

Access to personal information

Cheshire West and Chester Council tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘subject access request’ under the Data Protection Act 1998. Use this link to find out how to make a subject access request.

Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review and we will place any updates on this webpage. This privacy policy was last updated on June 2 2011.