Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service (referred to in this document as we, us or our) recognise that your privacy is very important and we are committed to protecting personal information we collect from you. The Data Protection Act 1998, govern the way in which we must manage your personal information. This act describes how we collect, use, disclose and otherwise manage personal information about you.
- Collection of Personal Information
Types of information collected
We may collect and hold personal information about you, that is, information that can identify you, and is relevant to providing you with the services or products you are seeking. This personal information may include details such as your name, age, gender, contact information, products and services you are interested in or require more information about. If you purchase or request products and services from us we may also request your preferences for receiving further marketing or promotional material.
The choice of how much information you provide to us is yours. We seek this information either to process your request for information and provide that information to you, to improve the quality of our services or to assist you to determine which services best meet your needs.
Method of collection
Personal information will generally be collected directly from you through the use of any of our standard forms, over the internet, via email, or through a telephone conversation with you. We may also collect personal information about you from third parties acting on your behalf (for instance other organisations).
We also collect information from subscribers (persons registering their details with us through the website) or website visitors for the purpose of improving our quality and effectiveness and to provide you with information. We welcome feedback from you about all aspects of its website. We store feedback that users send to us. This feedback is used to administer and refine our service. We may also use the information to improve or promote this site. We will not publish your name in connection with any information you provide without your permission.
There may, however, be some instances where personal information about you will be collected indirectly because it is unreasonable or impractical to collect personal information directly from you. We will usually notify you about these instances in advance, or where that is not possible, as soon as reasonably practicable after the information has been collected.
Purpose of collection
The personal information that we collect and hold about you, depends on your interaction with us. Generally, we collect, use and hold your personal information for the purposes of:
Providing services to you or someone else you know;
Providing you with newsletters, information and other communications;
Providing you with information about other services that we offer that may be of interest to you;
Involving you in promotions and other initiatives undertaken by us;
Facilitating our internal business operations, including the fulfilment of any legal requirements; and
Analysing our services, and customer needs, with a view to improving those services.
Failure to provide information
If the personal information you provide to us is incomplete or inaccurate, we may be unable to provide you, or someone else you know, with the services you, or they, are seeking.
- How do we use and disclose Personal Information?
Generally, we only use or disclose personal information about you for the purposes for which it was collected (as set out above). We may disclose personal information about you to:
- Security of your information
We store your personal information in different ways, including in paper and electronic format. We take reasonable steps to ensure the security of all information we collects from risks such as loss or unauthorised access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure of data. For example, your personal information is maintained in a secure environment which can be accessed only by authorised personnel. However, no data transmission over the internet or information stored on servers accessible through the internet can be guaranteed to be fully secure. These activities are undertaken at your risk.
- Access and correction of personal information
You may request access to your personal information collected through this website at any time, by making a written request. Please send an email at the contact address shown on this website and we will respond to your request within a reasonable period. We may charge you a reasonable fee for providing access to your personal information (but not for making a request for access). We may decline a request for access to personal information in circumstances prescribed by the Privacy Act, and if we do, we will provide you with a written notice that sets out the reasons for the refusal (unless it would be unreasonable provide those reasons). If, upon receiving access to your personal information or at any other time, you believe the personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or out of date, please advise us and we will update it. We will take reasonable steps to correct the information so that it is accurate, complete and up to date. If we refuse to correct your personal information, we will provide you with a written notice that sets out the reasons for our refusal (unless it would be unreasonable to provide those reasons) and provide you with a statement regarding the mechanisms available to you to make a complaint.
- Links to other Websites
Our website may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of linked websites. It is your responsibility to investigate the privacy policies of those other sites.
- Changes to this Privacy Statement
- Complaints and feedback
If you wish to make a complaint about a breach of the Data Protection Act that applies to us, please contact us as set out below and we will take reasonable steps to investigate the complaint and respond to you. If you are not happy with our response, you may complain directly to the ICO.
Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service
Kingsway, Greenhurst Place
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01254 688 440
For more information about privacy in general, you can visit www.gov.uk/data-protection/the-data-protection-act
Thank you for taking the time to read our Privacy Statement.