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Economic and community infrastructure

Data Controller – Somerset Council – ICO Registration Z5957592

Data Protection Officer contact –

Purpose for processing

  • The Commissioning, development, and improvement of Economic and Community infrastructure (ECI) including the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), Hinkley Point, and the Rivers Authority.
  • Delivery of ECI services, including highways, traffic management, transport, libraries, registration services, parking, rights of way, scientific services, and infrastructure delivery and ECI business support.
  • Commissioning of ECI services, both internal and external, including development of policies. Services commissioned include:
    • Highways
    • Traffic management
    • Transport
    • Libraries
    • Registration services
    • Rights of way
    • Leisure
    • Heritage
    • AONB
    • Waste
    • Scientific services
    • Economic development and planning
    • Civil contingencies unit and project management unit.
  • Delivery of the Somerset Waste Partnership.

Legal basis for processing

By lawECI is required by a number of UK laws and European Regulations and Directives to ensure the delivery of the services detailed above, the specific legislation is listed in the service privacy notices listed on this web-page. In some cases ECI may ask for your explicit consent to process your personal data, see below for more details.

Legitimate interests ECI uses your personal data to support its legitimate interests to audit financial transactions, to ensure the quality of services, to correspond with customers, to answer enquiries, and to deal with complaints.

Data sharing – the personal data provided to ECI will be shared with a range of partners when providing services. When ECI is required to share your personal data, you will be informed at the point your data is collected.

Safeguarding – In cases where you or another member of the public may be at risk your personal information will be shared.

Other statutory obligations – In cases where the council is legally obliged to disclose your personal information in cases such as prevention or detection of crime or fraud your personal information will be shared.

Transfers abroad – your data will not be transferred abroad unless you are specifically informed at the point your data is collected.

Data retention – this data will be retained for a period determined by UK law and regulations, or in some cases to meet specific requirements of the service being provided. You will be informed of this at the point your data is collected.

Your rights – You have the right to ask Somerset Council for a copy of your data, the right to rectify or erase your personal data, and the right to object to processing. However, these rights are only applicable if the council has no other legal obligation concerning that data.

You also have the right to complain to the regulator: Information Commissioner’s Office (IOC)

Consequences: In some case if you do not supply your information to us, we will not be able to provide you with the services we are obliged to provide by law or any supplementary service you have asked for.

Explicit consent 

If the legal basis for processing is explicit consent we will need to ensure you are provided with:

  • a clear explanation of exactly what is being consented to
  • a clear “opt-in”
  • a clear option to withdraw your consent later by use of an “opt-out”

Privacy of Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR)

To meet the requirements of the Privacy of Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) we will ensure that we give you clear options on the information you receive, and how you can receive it.

If we are using your contact details to distribute further information, we will provide you with OPT-IN options so you can choose the method of communication, such as post, email, or phone, and to choose what you will receive, such as newsletters, invitations to events, and service updates. We will also offer you a clear option to unsubscribe to any communications sent with your consent.

Last reviewed: November 16, 2023 by Sophie

Next review due: May 16, 2024

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