Health Equalities Group (the Company) is the trading name for the public health charity Heart of Mersey (1110067). In turn Heart of Mersey is the governing organisation and sole owner of the two social enterprises HoM Partnerships CIC, and European Healthy Stadia Network CIC. This policy covers all of the above entities, including data protection for the public health campaigns operated by the Company: ‘Food Active’, ‘Food in Care’, ‘GULP’, and ‘Healthy Goals’.
The Company is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses the personal data of its workforce, and to meeting its data protection obligations. This policy sets out the Company’s commitment to data protection, and individual rights and obligations in relation to personal data.
This policy applies to the personal data of job applicants, employees, contractors, volunteers, interns, apprentices and former employees, referred to as HR-related personal data. [This policy does not apply to the personal data of clients or other personal data processed for business purposes.]
The Company has appointed Matthew Philpott as its data protection officer. His/her role is to inform and advise the Company on its data protection obligations. He/she can be contacted at email@example.com Questions about this policy, or requests for further information, should be directed to the data protection officer.
“Personal data” is any information that relates to an individual who can be identified from that information. Processing is any use that is made of data, including collecting, storing, amending, disclosing or destroying it.
“Special categories of personal data” means information about an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, sex life or sexual orientation and biometric data.
“Criminal records data” means information about an individual’s criminal convictions and offences, and information relating to criminal allegations and proceedings.
Data protection principles
The Company is committed to the principles of the GDPR and processes personal data in accordance with the following data protection principles:
As a data subject, individuals have a number of rights in relation to their personal data.
Subject access requests
Individuals have the right to make a subject access request. If an individual makes a subject access request, the Company will tell him/her:
The Company will also provide the individual with a copy of the personal data undergoing processing. This will normally be in electronic form if the individual has made a request electronically, unless he/she agrees otherwise.
To make a subject access request, the individual should send the request to firstname.lastname@example.org In some cases, the Company may need to ask for proof of identification before the request can be processed. The Company will inform the individual if it needs to verify his/her identity and the documents it requires.
The Company will normally respond to a request within a period of one month from the date it is received. In some cases, such as where the Company processes large amounts of the individual’s data, it may respond within three months of the date the request is received. The Company will write to the individual within one month of receiving the original request to tell him/her if this is the case.
If a subject access request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, the Company is not obliged to comply with it. Alternatively, the Company can agree to respond but will charge a fee, which will be based on the administrative cost of responding to the request. A subject access request is likely to be manifestly unfounded or excessive where it repeats a request to which the Company has already responded. If an individual submits a request that is unfounded or excessive, the Company will notify him/her that this is the case and whether or not it will respond to it.
Individuals have a number of other rights in relation to their personal data. They can require the Company to:
To ask the Company to take any of these steps, the individual should send the request to email@example.com
The Company takes the security of HR-related personal data seriously. The Company has internal policies and controls in place to protect personal data against loss, accidental destruction, misuse or disclosure, and to ensure that data is not accessed, except by employees in the proper performance of their duties.
Where the Company engages third parties to process personal data on its behalf, such parties do so on the basis of written instructions, are under a duty of confidentiality and are obliged to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of data.
International data transfers
The Company will not transfer HR-related personal data to countries outside the EEA.
Individuals are responsible for helping the Company keep their personal data up to date. Individuals should let the Company know if data provided to the Company changes, for example if an individual moves’ house or changes his/her bank details.
Individuals may have access to the personal data of other individuals in the course of their employment. Where this is the case, the Company relies on individuals to help meet its data protection obligations to staff and clients.
Individuals who have access to personal data are required:
Failing to observe these requirements may amount to a disciplinary offence, which will be dealt with under the Company’s disciplinary procedure. Significant or deliberate breaches of this policy, such as accessing employee or customer data without authorisation or a legitimate reason to do so, may constitute gross misconduct and could lead to dismissal without notice.
The Company will provide training to all individuals about their data protection responsibilities as part of the induction process and at regular intervals thereafter.
Individuals whose roles require regular access to personal data, or who are responsible for implementing this policy or responding to subject access requests under this policy, will receive additional training to help them understand their duties and how to comply with them.
If you wish us to take any action with your personal data or to complain about how we handle it, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will aim to respond to you within 30 days.
If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office on their website here or by calling +44(0)303 123 1113.
Version 1.2 Published 23/05/18