This Policy sets out the obligations of the Company regarding data protection and the rights of its Members, employees, customers, suppliers, funders etc (“data subjects”) in respect of their personal data under the General Data Protection Regulation (“the Regulation”).
The Regulation defines “personal data” as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (a data subject); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of that natural person.
The Company is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO): Registration Reference: ZA003219.
This Policy sets out the procedures that are to be followed when dealing with personal data. The procedures and principles set out below must be followed at all times by the Company, its employees, agents, contractors, or other parties working on behalf of the Company. The Company is committed not only to the letter of the law, but also to the spirit of the law and places high importance on the correct, lawful, and fair handling of all personal data, respecting the legal rights, privacy, and trust of all individuals with whom it deals.
2. The Data Protection Principles
This Policy aims to ensure compliance with the Regulation. The Regulation sets out the following principles with which any party handling personal data must comply. All personal data must be:
a) processed lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject;
b) collected for specified, explicit, and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes;
c) adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which it is processed;
d) accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that is inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, is erased or rectified without delay;
e) kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data is processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the Regulation in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of the data subject;
f) processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.
3. Lawful, Fair, and Transparent Data Processing
The Regulation seeks to ensure that personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting the rights of the data subject. The Regulation states that processing of personal data shall be lawful if at least one of the following applies:
a) the data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes;
b) processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract;
c) processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject;
d) processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person;
e) processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller;
f) processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.
4. Processed for Specified, Explicit and Legitimate Purposes
The Company collects and processes the personal data set out in Appendix 1 of this Policy. This may include personal data received directly from data subjects (for example, contact details used when a data subject communicates with us). The Company mainly processes personal data for the specific purposes set out in Appendix 2 of this Policy (or for other purposes permitted by the Regulation).
5. Adequate, Relevant and Limited Data Processing
The Company will only collect and process personal data for and to the extent necessary for the specific purpose(s) informed to data subjects as under Appendix 2.
6. Accuracy of Data and Keeping Data Up To Date
The Company shall ensure that all personal data collected and processed is kept accurate and up-to-date. The accuracy of data shall be checked when it is collected. Where any inaccurate or out-of-date data is found, all reasonable steps will be taken without delay to amend or erase that data, as appropriate.
7. Timely Processing
The Company shall not keep personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the purposes for which that data was originally collected and processed. When the data is no longer required, all reasonable steps will be taken to erase it without delay.
8. Secure Processing
The Company shall ensure that all personal data collected and processed is kept secure and protected against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage. Further details of the data protection and organisational measures which shall be taken are provided in Part 19 of this Policy.
The Company’s Data Protection Officer is Katie Samuelson. Members and employees of the Company are required to liaise with the Data Protection Officer over any matters of privacy that require judgement or where the policy here is unclear.
10. Privacy Impact Assessments
A Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is not a legal requirement. The Company considers that its activities are straightforward and do not require a Privacy Impact Assessment. The ICO does not require a PIA in our circumstances as these are given at:
11. The Rights of Data Subjects
The Regulation sets out the following rights applicable to data subjects:
a) The right to be informed;
b) The right of access;
c) The right to rectification;
d) The right to erasure (also known as the ‘right to be forgotten’);
e) The right to restrict processing;
f) The right to data portability;
g) The right to object;
h) Rights with respect to automated decision-making and profiling.
12. Keeping Data Subjects Informed
The Company shall ensure that the following information is available to data subjects when personal data is collected:
a) Details of the Company including, but not limited to, the identity of its Data Protection Officer;
b) The purpose(s) for which the personal data is being collected and will be processed (as detailed in Appendix 2 of this Policy) and the legal basis justifying that collection and processing;
c) Where applicable, the legitimate interests upon which the Company is justifying its collection and processing of the personal data;
d) Where the personal data is to be transferred to one or more third parties, details of those parties;
e) Details of the length of time the personal data will be held by the Company (or, where there is no predetermined period, details of how that length of time will be determined);
f) Details of the data subject’s rights under the Regulation;
g) Details of the data subject’s right to withdraw their consent to the Company’s processing of their personal data at any time;
h) Details of the data subject’s right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ‘supervisory authority’ under the Regulation);
i) Where applicable, details of any legal or contractual requirement or obligation necessitating the collection and processing of the personal data and details of any consequences of failing to provide it;
j) Details of any automated decision-making that will take place using the personal data (including but not limited to profiling), including information on how decisions will be made, the significance of those decisions and any consequences.
13. Data Subject Access
13.1 A data subject may make a subject access request (“SAR”) at any time to find out more about the personal data which the Company holds about them. The Company is normally required to respond to SARs within one month of receipt (this can be extended by up to two months in the case of complex and/or numerous requests, and in such cases the data subject shall be informed of the need for the extension).
13.2 All subject access requests received must be forwarded to the Company’s Data Protection Officer.
13.3 The Company does not charge a fee for the handling of normal SARs. The Company reserves the right to charge reasonable fees for additional copies of information that has already been supplied to a data subject, and for requests that are manifestly unfounded or excessive, particularly where such requests are repetitive.
14. Rectification of Personal Data
14.1If a data subject informs the Company that personal data held by the Company is inaccurate or incomplete, requesting that it be rectified, in principle the company agrees that the personal data in question shall be rectified. The data subject shall be informed of that rectification, within one month of receipt the data subject’s notice (this can be extended by up to two months in the case of complex requests, and in such cases the data subject shall be informed of the need for the extension).
14.2In the event that any affected personal data has been disclosed to third parties, those parties shall be informed of any rectification of that personal data.
15 Erasure of Personal Data
15.1Data subjects may request that the Company erases the personal data it holds about them in the following circumstances:
15.2Unless the Company has reasonable grounds to refuse to erase personal data, all requests for erasure shall be complied with, and the data subject informed of the erasure, within one month of receipt of the data subject’s request (this can be extended by up to two months in the case of complex requests, and in such cases the data subject shall be informed of the need for the extension).
15.3In the event that any personal data that is to be erased in response to a data subject request has been disclosed to third parties, those parties shall be informed of the erasure (unless it is impossible or would require disproportionate effort to do so).
16 Restriction of Personal Data Processing
16.1Data subjects may request that the Company ceases processing the personal data it holds about them. Unless it can be demonstrated that the Company’s legitimate grounds for such processing override the data subject’s interests, rights and freedoms; or the processing is necessary for the conduct of legal claims, the Company shall retain only the amount of personal data pertaining to that data subject that is necessary to ensure that no further processing of their personal data takes place.
17 Objections to Personal Data Processing
17.1Data subjects have the right to object to the Company processing their personal data based on legitimate interests (including profiling), direct marketing (including profiling), and processing for scientific and/or historical research and statistics purposes.
17.2Where a data subject objects to the Company processing their personal data based on its legitimate interests, the Company shall cease such processing forthwith, unless it can be demonstrated that the Company’s legitimate grounds for such processing override the data subject’s interests, rights and freedoms; or the processing is necessary for the conduct of legal claims.
17.3Where a data subject objects to the Company processing their personal data for direct marketing purposes, the Company shall cease such processing forthwith.
17.4Where a data subject objects to the Company processing their personal data for scientific and/or historical research and statistics purposes, the data subject must, under the Regulation, ‘demonstrate grounds relating to his or her particular situation’. The Company is not required to comply if the research is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.
18 Automated Decision-Making
In the event that the Company uses personal data for the purposes of automated decision-making data subjects have the right to challenge to such decisions.
19 Data Protection Measures
The Company shall ensure that all its employees, agents, contractors, or other parties working on its behalf comply with the following when working with personal data:
a) Where any personal data is to be erased or otherwise disposed of for any reason (including where copies have been made and are no longer needed), it should be securely deleted and disposed of. Hardcopies should be shredded, and electronic copies should be deleted securely.
b) Personal data should be transmitted over secure networks;
c) Where Personal data is to be transferred in hardcopy form it should be posted or passed directly to the recipient;
d) No personal data may be shared informally and if an employee, agent, sub-contractor, or other party working on behalf of the Company requires access to any personal data that they do not already have access to, such access should be formally requested from the Company’s Data Protection Officer.
e) All hardcopies of personal data, along with any electronic copies stored on physical, removable media should be stored securely in a locked box, drawer, cabinet or similar;
f) Personal data must be handled with care at all times and should not be left unattended or on view to unauthorised employees, agents, sub-contractors or other parties at any time;
g) If personal data is being viewed on a computer screen and the computer in question is to be left unattended for any period of time, the user must lock the computer and screen before leaving it;
h) No personal data should be transferred to any device personally belonging to an employee and personal data may only be transferred to devices belonging to agents, contractors, or other parties working on behalf of the Company where the party in question has agreed to comply fully with the letter and spirit of this Policy and of the Regulation (which may include demonstrating to the Company that all suitable technical and organisational measures have been taken);
i) All personal data stored electronically should be backed up with backups stored onsite and offsite.
j) All electronic copies of personal data should be stored securely using passwords;
k) All passwords used to protect personal data should be changed regularly and should not use words or phrases that can be easily guessed or otherwise compromised;
20 Organisational Measures
The Company shall ensure that the following measures are taken with respect to the collection, holding, and processing of personal data:
a) All employees, agents, contractors, or other parties working on behalf of the Company shall be made fully aware of both their individual responsibilities and the Company’s responsibilities under the Regulation and under this Policy, and shall be provided with a copy of this Policy;
b) Only employees, agents, sub-contractors, or other parties working on behalf of the Company that need access to, and use of, personal data in order to carry out their assigned duties correctly shall have access to personal data held by the Company;
c) All employees, agents, contractors, or other parties working on behalf of the Company handling personal data will be appropriately trained to do so;
21 Data Breach Notification
21.1All personal data breaches must be reported immediately to the Company’s Data Protection Officer.
21.2If a personal data breach occurs and that breach is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects (e.g. financial loss, breach of confidentiality, discrimination, reputational damage, or other significant social or economic damage), the Data Protection Officer must ensure that the Information Commissioner’s Office is informed of the breach without delay, and in any event, within 72 hours after having become aware of it.
21.3In the event that a personal data breach is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects, the Data Protection Officer must ensure that all affected data subjects are informed of the breach directly and without undue delay.
21.4Data breach notifications shall include the following information:
a) The categories and approximate number of data subjects concerned;
b) The categories and approximate number of personal data records concerned;
c) The name and contact details of the Company’s Data Protection Officer (or other contact point where more information can be obtained);
d) The likely consequences of the breach;
e) Details of the measures taken, or proposed to be taken, by the Company to address the breach including, where appropriate, measures to mitigate its possible adverse effects.
22 Implementation of Policy
This Policy shall be deemed effective as of 25/5/18. No part of this Policy shall have retroactive effect and shall thus apply only to matters occurring on or after this date.
This Policy has been approved and authorised by:
Company Director and Data Protection Officer
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Due for Review by:
Katie Samuelson, Valley Organics Workers Co-op Limited 31 Market Street
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 6EU
Appendix 1 Personal Data
The following personal data may be collected, held, and processed by the Company.
Applications and Personnel:
• contact details, including name, address, telephone number and personal e-mail address
• emergency contact details/next of kin
• date of birth
• marital status and dependants
• the start and end dates of employment or engagement
• recruitment records, including personal information included in a CV, any application form, cover letter, interview notes, references, copies of proof of right to work in the UK documentation, copies of qualification certificates, copy of driving licence and other background check documentation
• the terms and conditions of employment or engagement (including job title and working hours), as set out in a job offer letter, employment contract, written statement of employment particulars, casual worker agreement, consultancy agreement, pay review and bonus letters, statements of changes to employment or engagement terms and related correspondence
• details of skills, qualifications, experience and work history, both with previous employers and with the Company
• professional memberships
• salary, entitlement to benefits and pension information
• National Insurance number
• bank account details, payroll records, tax code and tax status information
• any disciplinary, grievance and capability records, including investigation reports, collated evidence, minutes of hearings and appeal hearings, warning letters, performance improvement plans and related correspondence
• appraisals, including appraisal forms, performance reviews and ratings, targets and objectives set
• training records
• annual leave and other leave records, including details of the types of and reasons for leave being taken and related correspondence
• any termination of employment or engagement documentation, including resignation letters, dismissal letters, redundancy letters, minutes of meetings, settlement agreements and related correspondence
• information obtained through electronic means, such as swipecard or clocking-in card records
• information about use of our IT systems, including usage of telephones, e-mail and the Internet
• information about health, including any medical condition, whether you have a disability in respect of which the Company needs to make reasonable adjustments, sickness absence records (including details of the reasons for sickness absence being taken), medical reports and related correspondence
• information about racial or ethnic origin, religious or philosophical beliefs and sexual orientation
• trade union membership
• information about criminal convictions and offences.
Views expressed in emails and consultation responses:
• political comments, judgements and views
• analyses of government consultation questions
• judgements of local authority
Details of work performed (eg for the purposes of grant reclaims):
• contact details of participants, including name, position and personal e-mail address
• other contact details
• achievements while on YU conference/event.
Details of directors (eg for registration at the Companies House or banks):
• contact details including name, position and personal e-mail address
• other personal details as required by the registrar.
Appendix 2 Purposes of collection of Personal Data
The purposes for which we are processing, or will process, your personal information are to:
• enable us to maintain accurate and up-to-date employee, worker and contractor records and contact details (including details of whom to contact in the event of an emergency)
• run recruitment processes and assess suitability for employment, engagement or promotion
• comply with statutory and/or regulatory requirements and obligations, e.g. checking rights to work in the UK
• comply with the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees and workers and with other disability discrimination obligations
• maintain an accurate record of employment or engagement terms
• administer the contract we have entered into
• make decisions about pay reviews and bonuses
• ensure compliance with statutory and contractual rights
• ensure you are paid correctly and receive the correct benefits and pension entitlements, including liaising with any external benefits or pension providers or insurers
• ensure compliance with income tax requirements, e.g. deducting income tax and National Insurance contributions where applicable
• operate and maintain a record of disciplinary, grievance and capability procedures and action taken
• operate and maintain a record of performance management systems
• record and assess education, training and development activities and needs
• plan for career development and succession
• manage, plan and organise work
• enable effective workforce management
• operate and maintain a record of annual and sick leave procedures
• ascertain fitness to work
• operate and maintain a record of maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave, parental leave and any other type of paid or unpaid leave or time off work
• pay sick pay and contractual pay entitlements, incl SMP, SPP, SAP.
• meet our obligations under health and safety laws
• make decisions about continued employment or engagement
• operate and maintain a record of dismissal procedures
• provide references on request for current or former employees, workers or contractors
• prevent fraud
• monitor use of our IT systems to ensure compliance with our IT-related policies
• ensure network and information security and prevent unauthorised access and modifications to systems
• ensure effective HR, personnel management and business administration, including accounting and auditing
• ensure adherence to Company rules, policies and procedures
• monitor equal opportunities
• enable us to establish, exercise or defend possible legal claims
Appendix 3 Letter to all employees and contractors
Privacy Notification Letter
Katie Samuelson of Valley Organics Workers Co-op Limited
postal address 31 Market Street
I acknowledge receipt of this privacy notice and I confirm that I have read and understood it.
Signed: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Thursday, May 10, 2022