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General Processing

Why do we process your personal information, considered as general data?

North Yorkshire Police process personal information for a variety of reason which are not related to law enforcement.

For example we process personal data for the following “lawful purposes” to;

  • Assist us in meeting our “Legal Obligations” as employers,
  • To manage “Contracts” with those who supply us with goods and services,
  • To help us support those who we come into contact with, which can be done by obtaining their “Consent”, or due to our “Legitimate Interests”, this includes processes to improve the service we provide the public.
  • To perform tasks which are considered as being in the “Public Interest”.

Whose personal information do we hold?

In order to carry out the purposes described above North Yorkshire Police may obtain, use and disclose personal information relating to a wide variety of individuals including:

Our staff, officers, volunteers, the Specials, agents, temporary and casual workers; Suppliers, Complainants, correspondents, litigants and enquirers; Relatives, guardians and associates of the individual concerned; Advisers, consultants and other professional experts; Victims (current, past and potential); Former and potential members of staff, pensioners and beneficiaries.

What type of personal information do we process?

The type of personal information we hold will vary depending upon the reason you have had contact with us but it may include:

Your name and address; Fingerprints, DNA or photograph; Family, lifestyle and social circumstances; Education and training details; Employment details; Financial details; Goods or services provided; Racial or ethnic origin; Political opinions; Religious or other beliefs of a similar nature; Trade union membership; Physical or mental health or condition; Sexual life; Offences and alleged offences; Criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences; Sound and visual images; References to manual records or files; Information relating to safety and health; Complaint, incident, civil litigation and accident details

We will use the minimum amount of personal information necessary to fulfil a particular purpose. Your personal information may be held on a computer system, in a paper record such as in a physical file or a photograph.

Where do we get the personal information from?

To carry out the purposes we have described we may obtain personal information from a wide variety of sources, including:

HM Revenue and Customs; Legal representatives; Solicitors; Courts; Voluntary sector organisations; Independent Office for Police Conduct; Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary; Auditors; Police and Crime Commissioners; Central government, governmental agencies and departments; Relatives, guardians or other persons associated with an individual; Current, past or prospective employers of the individual; Healthcare, social and welfare advisers or practitioners; Education, training establishments and examining bodies; Business associates and other professional advisors; Employees, officers, volunteers, the Specials and agents of North Yorkshire Police; Suppliers, providers of goods or services; Persons making an enquiry or complaint; Financial organisations and advisors; Credit reference agencies; Survey and research organisations; Trade union, staff associations and professional bodies; Local government; Voluntary and charitable organisations; Ombudsmen and regulatory authorities; The media.

How do we handle your personal information?

We handle personal information according to the requirements of Part 2 of the UK Data Protection Act 2018, which applies the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, standards for the processing of data considered as “general data”. Your personal information, held on our systems and in our files, is secure and is accessed by our staff, police officers, contractors and data processors working on our behalf, outsourced providers in accordance with their contract and volunteers when required to do so for a lawful purpose.

We will ensure that your personal information is handled fairly and lawfully. We will strive to ensure that any personal information used by us or on our behalf is of the highest quality in terms of accuracy, relevance, and adequacy, is not excessive and is kept as up to date as possible and is protected appropriately. We will regularly review to ensure it is still required and is lawful for us to continue to retain it and when no longer required for any purpose detailed in this notice, we will securely destroy it.

We will regularly review your data to ensure it is still required and we have a lawful purpose to continue to retain it. If there is no lawful purpose then your data will be securely destroyed.

We will respect your information rights under the Act.

Who do we share your personal information with?

To carry out the purposes described North Yorkshire Police may disclose personal information to a wide variety of recipients including those from whom personal data is obtained. This may include:

  • ‘Supporting Victims’ services for victims;
  • Other criminal justice partners and services;
  • To bodies or individuals working on our behalf such as IT contractors or survey organisations;
  • Local government;
  • Central government;
  • Ombudsmen and regulatory authorities;
  • The media;
  • Health Care Providers

Disclosures of personal information are made on a case-by-case basis, only relevant information, specific to the purpose and circumstances, will be disclosed and with necessary controls in place.

North Yorkshire Police will also disclose personal information to other bodies or individuals when required to do so, this could be under an act of legislation, by a rule of law, or by court order. This may include:

  • Child Maintenance Service;
  • Children and Family Courts Services;
  • Home Office;
  • Courts;
  • Any other Regulatory Body who can demonstrate that there is a legitimate purpose for the processing of your personal data.

North Yorkshire Police may also disclose personal information on a discretionary basis for the purpose of, and in connection with, any legal proceedings or for obtaining legal advice.

How do we keep your personal information safe?

North Yorkshire Police takes the security of all personal information under our control very seriously. We will comply with the relevant parts of the legislation relating to security, and seek to comply with the College of Policing Information Assurance authorised practice, relevant parts of the ISO27001 Information Security Standard and the Home Office security controls.

We will ensure that appropriate policy, training, technical and procedural measures are in place. These will include, but are not limited to, ensuring our buildings are secure and protected by adequate physical means. The areas restricted to our police officers, staff and partner agencies staff is only accessible by those holding the appropriate identification, and have legitimate reasons for entry. We carry out audits of our buildings security to ensure they are secure. Our systems meet appropriate industry and government security standards.

We carry out regular audits and inspections, to protect our manual and electronic information systems from data loss and misuse, and only permit access to them when there is a legitimate reason to do so. Our standard operating procedures and policies contain strict guidelines as to what use may be made of any personal information contained within them. These procedures are reviewed regularly to ensure our security of information is kept up-to-date.

How long will you keep my personal information?

North Yorkshire Police keeps your personal information as long as is necessary for the particular purpose or purposes for which it is held.

Records that contain your personal information processed for “general data” purposes will be managed in accordance with the Force’s Retention Schedule .

 What are my information rights?

A key area of change in the new Data Protection Act relates to individuals’ rights, the law refreshers existing rights by clarifying and extending them and introduces new rights.

However your information rights will be dependent on the reason why and how the data was collected and why it is being used.

Your information rights in relation to personal data considered as “general data” are:

  • Right to be Informed- This places an obligation upon North Yorkshire Police to tell you how we obtain your personal information and describe how we will use, retain, store and who we may share it with.
  • We have written this Privacy Notice to explain how we will use your personal information and tell you what your rights are under the legislation
  • Right of Access This is commonly known as subject access and is the right which allows you access to your personal data and supplementary information, however it is subject to certain restrictions.
  • Right to Request Rectification – You are entitled to have personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Right to Erasure The right to erasure is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’. This right enables you to request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.
  • Right to Restrict Processing Individuals have a right to ‘block’ or suppress processing of personal data. When processing is restricted, organisations are permitted to store the personal data, but not further process it.
  • Right to Data PortabilityThe right to data portability allows you to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services.
  • Right to ObjectIndividuals have the right to object to:
    • The processing of your personal data based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority (including profiling);
    • The processing of their personal data for direct marketing (including profiling); and
    • The processing of their personal data for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics.
  • Rights Relating to Automated Decision Making Automated individual decision making and profiling is a decision made by automated means without any human involvement.

Should you wish to learn more about your information rights or how to make Information Rights Request please follow the appropriate link below: