How we use your information
This privacy notice tells you what to expect when Theatrau Sir Gâr collects and uses personal information. All information collected on our customers will be stored and managed under Carmarthenshire County Council’s policies and procedures.
The proper handling of personal information by the Council is very important to the delivery of our services and maintaining public confidence.
To ensure that the Council treats personal information correctly, we seek to adhere in full to the eight principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.
The types of information the Council holds
The Data Protection Act refers to obtaining, recording, holding and dealing with personal information as ‘processing’. The Council has notified the Information Commissioner’s Office of the types of personal information it processes and the purposes for which it does so.
The Information Commissioner's Office is the body responsible for overseeing the Data Protection Act and maintains a public register which contains the name and address of Data Controllers with a description of the kind of processing they do.
Anyone can access this register and if you wish to view the Council’s entry you can access it via the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Our customers and clients
The Council offers a wide range of services to its customers and clients. We need to obtain and use personal information so that we can deliver the services people need and to keep a record of those services.
We have to hold the details of the people who have requested a service in order to provide it. However, we only use these details to provide the service requested or for other closely related purposes.
Visitors to our website
The Council does not capture or retain any personal information about individuals who visit our website, except where they choose to give their personal details via an online form to apply for services.
Where any of our online forms are completed, the personal information provided is used only to provide the services requested.
This privacy notice does not apply to websites that are not run by the Council.
Sharing and disclosing your information
Depending on the purpose for which we originally obtained it and the use to which it is to be put, information may be shared with other organisations.
For example, providing aids and equipment in a person’s home is likely to be a service provided jointly by our Social Care, Health and Housing teams as well as the local Health Service.
Information may also be shared, where necessary, with other organisations that provide services on our behalf such as providers of residential accommodation and home care. In such cases, the information provided is only the minimum necessary to enable them to provide services to you.
Personal information about you may also be provided to other local authorities. An example would be when you have moved from one local authority to another and the new authority requires confirmation of the services you were receiving.
In relation to job applicants, where a provisional offer of employment is made, we will inform the individual beforehand of any need to disclose information to a third party in order to undertake necessary pre-employment checks.
For example, we may want to take up a reference or obtain a ‘disclosure’ from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
In most cases we will not disclose personal data without consent. However, there are situations where consent would not be required such as:
Where the Council is required to provide the information by law
Where the information is needed to prevent or detect a crime
Where the Council is obliged to publish the information by law
Where disclosure is in the vital interests of the person concerned
County Councillors may also access personal information about individuals living within their wards, when those people have asked a Councillor to deal with an issue for them. Councillors can also access personal information as members of Council Committees.
By contacting us you can get further information on agreements we have with other organisations for sharing information and circumstances where we can disclose personal data without your permission.
How long we keep personal information
The length of time we will keep personal information depends on the purpose for which it is being processed. For more information on how long we keep different types information you can refer to our Retention Guidelines.
Accessing your personal information
The Council tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘subject access request’ under the Data Protection Act.
More information on making a request can be obtained via the Data Protection page.
There may be cases where, with your agreement, we can deal with your request informally, for example by providing you with the specific information you need over the telephone.
If we do hold information about you, you can also ask us to correct any mistakes you feel may have been made during its recording.
Changes to this privacy notice
We keep our privacy notice under regular review and we will place any updates on this webpage.
Complaints or queries
The Council tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.
Please note that this privacy notice does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of the Council’s collection and use of personal information.
However, we are happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed.
If you have any enquiries, contact details are provided below.
Information and Data Protection Officer
Customer Focus & Policy
Telephone: 01267 224127