Privacy Statement

 

South Somerset District Council is committed to protecting your privacy when you use our services.  The Privacy Notice below explains how we use information about you and how we protect your privacy.

We have a Data Protection Officer who makes sure we respect your rights and follow the law. If you have any concerns or questions about how we look after your personal information, contact the Data Protection Officer, Cath Temple, at DPO@southsomerset.gov.uk or by calling 01935 462462 and asking to speak to the Data Protection Officer.

The law allows us to use your personal information. There are a number of legal reasons why we need to collect and use your personal information.

Generally we collect and use personal information in the where:

  • you, or your legal representative, have given consent

  • you have entered into a contract with us

  • it is necessary to perform our statutory duties

  • it is necessary to protect someone in an emergency

  • it is required by law

  • it is necessary for employment purposes

  • you have made your information publicly available

  • it is necessary for legal cases

  • it is to the benefit of society as a whole

  • it is necessary to protect public health

  • it is necessary for archiving, research, or statistical purposes

 

We only use the information that we need. Where we can, we'll only collect and use personal information if we need it to deliver a service or meet a requirement.

If we don't need personal information we'll either keep you anonymous if we already have it for something else or we won't ask you for it. For example in a survey we may not need your contact details we'll only collect your survey responses.

If we use your personal information for research and analysis, we'll always keep you anonymous or use a different name unless you've agreed that your personal information can be used for that research.

If we have consent to use your personal information, you have the right to remove it at any time. If you want to remove your consent, please contact our Data Protection Officer and tell us which service or services you're using so we can deal with your request.

 

Cookies    

We want to make our online services as easy, useful and reliable as we can. Therefore, like most other websites we use 'cookies' to collect anonymous statistics about how people use our site. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Cookies page.

Links to other websites

SSDC websites contain hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. This privacy notice does not cover the links contained on this site which takes you to another website. These third party websites have their own privacy policies and you are encouraged to read the privacy statements on the other websites that you visit.

SSDC is only responsible for the content it inputs on its own website and social media and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for any other content including links to third party websites. Your use of such websites is at your own risk.

Social networking sites

We may monitor and respond to comments or opinions on social networking sites, for example Facebook and Twitter.