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We ask that you read this privacy notice carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, store, use or share personal information, your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us and the supervisory authority in the event that you have a complaint. This Privacy Notice tells you what to expect when we process your personal information. It applies to information about applicants, residents, tenants, leaseholders and other service users.
We are the controller of personal information and collect, use and are responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so, we are regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom). Our contact details for data protection purposes are as follows.
Records Management Team
The individual responsible for data protection compliance is our Data Protection Officer, who is contactable using the above details.
We also have a wholly-owned subsidiary, WDH Solutions, which carries out independent work.
We may collect the following information.
In the course of our activities as a registered provider of social housing, we need to collect, store and use personal information about you to enable us to deliver efficient and effective services to you including in the following areas.
The type of information we collect about you will depend on our relationship with you and the services you use. When you apply for housing with us, on our housing application form we ask for information about you to assess your need for housing, to enable us to enter into a contract with you. We also collect information from you during the course of your tenancy in order to provide social housing and accommodation services to you and to perform our contract with you.
We collect most of this information directly from you in person by phone or email and/or through our website. However, we may also collect information from third parties such as the local authority regarding your housing and any benefits you may be entitled to, your previous landlords, health and social welfare agencies, the police and enquiries that are received from councillors, MPs or someone acting on your behalf.
We operate CCTV at our offices and premises, and these store and capture images. On occasions we may use CCTV to evidence any breaches of tenancy, alleged antisocial behaviour or criminal activity.
We hold, collect and use special categories of personal information which includes:
We use this information which is more sensitive, to better understand your needs and provide a better service, such as when we obtain information on disabilities to assess the suitability of accommodation or the need for any adaptations, when you engage with support services that we offer such as Wellbeing Caseworkers. We also use special category data to monitor equality, diversity and inclusion to ensure services are delivered appropriately, in order to comply with our legal and statutory duties under equality legislation and to meet our regulatory requirements.
We are committed to keeping your personal details up to date, and we encourage you to inform us about any changes needed to make sure your details are accurate.
We collect and use your personal information because it is necessary for:
We may also rely on your consent as a legal basis for processing your information. You have the right to withdraw consent. If we rely on consent and this is the only legal basis for processing, we will no longer process the data after consent is withdrawn.
We will keep your personal data for no longer than necessary for the purposes that we have obtained it. We have a Records Retention Schedule which sets out how long we will keep different types of information. Once it is no longer necessary to continue processing your personal data we will delete it or anonymise it.
We may use your personal information to send you updates (by email, text message, phone or post) about our products and/or services and of selected third parties.
We have a legitimate interest in processing your personal information for promotional purposes to promote our business to existing and former customers. This means we do not usually need your consent to send you promotional communications. However, where consent is needed, we will ask for this separately and clearly.
We will always treat your personal information with the utmost respect and never sell it to other organisations outside WDH for marketing purposes.
You have the right to opt out of receiving promotional communications at any time by emailing email@example.com or using the 'unsubscribe' link in emails or the ‘STOP’ number in texts.
We may ask you to confirm or update your marketing preferences if you instruct us to provide further products and/or services in the future, or if there are changes in the law, regulation, or the structure of our business.
We are committed to making sure that your privacy is protected. Any information you provide will be held securely and in line with the GDPR. We will routinely share information across the organisation to ensure that that you receive all the services that you have requested.
We will share personal information where required with:
We only allow our service providers to handle your personal information if we are satisfied they take appropriate measures to protect your personal information. We also impose contractual obligations on service providers to ensure they can only use your personal information to provide services to us and to you. We may also share personal information with external auditors, for example in relation to ISO (International Organisation for Standards) or Investors in People accreditation and the audit of our accounts.
We may disclose and exchange information with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.
Under the GDPR you have a number of important rights free of charge. In summary, those include rights to:
If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please:
To deliver services to you, it may be necessary for us to share your personal information outside the EEA, for example if we were to use a cloud service provider based outside the EEA. These transfers are subject to special rules under European and UK data protection law. In such a situation, we will make sure that we have adequate safeguards and security measures in place as required by the GDPR.
We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.
We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information.
The GDPR also gives you the right to complain to a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or EEA) state where you work, normally live or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who can be contacted at Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF or by phone on 0303 123 1113.
We take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the privacy of users of our website.
We may change this privacy notice from time to time, when we do we will inform you by an update on our website at www.wdh.co.uk.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this privacy notice or the information we hold about you.
If you wish to contact us, please email Recordsmanagement@wdh.co.uk or write to our Records Management Team, WDH, Merefield House, Whistler Drive, Castleford, WF10 5HX or email Recordsmanagement@wdh.co.uk or call us on 0345 8 507 507.
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