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General Data Protection Regulation

New legislation governing the use of personal data by organisations, and the rights of individuals, came into force on 25 May 2018. This is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and it applies to the United Kingdom regardless of Brexit. 

What is GDPR?

It aims to standardise and strengthen the right of European citizens to data privacy. These changes are designed to help you gain a greater level of control over your data, while offering more clarity about how your data is collected and processed.

Requirements and language of the GDPR build upon existing data protection legislation, but GDPR imposes new obligations and stricter requirements on organisations.

Personal information we collect

We collect information from you to help us to provide a better service for you. GDPR applies to personal data, meaning information relating to a living individual. Examples include name, address, email address or phone number.

What are data controllers and data processors?

A data controller is individuals or organisations that process personal data. Belfast City Council is a data controller.

A data subject is anyone about whom personal data is held. This may be someone signed up to hear about our event emails. 

A data processor performs the processing on behalf of the data controller.This involves any activity that includes obtaining, recording, holding or storing personal data, and carrying out any operations or analytics on it. Data processors may be subject to fines and  sanctions if they do not comply with GDPR requirements. 

GDPR covers all data controllers and data subjects based in the EU, so if an organisation processes the personal data of people in the EU, or is a data controller or processor established in the EU, the GDPR will apply.

We are the Data Controller under Data Protection legislation for the personal data gathered on our forms and websites. We will use the information that you provide for the purposes of contacting you about an event, competition or form.

Personal data may be shared between council staff who are involved in providing this service and between council departments with the purpose of supporting an effective delivery of service. Your personal data will not be shared or disclosed to any other organisation without your consent or unless the law places an obligation on us to do so.

Personal data is held and stored by the council in a safe and secure manner and in compliance with Data Protection legislation.

If you wish to contact our Data Protection Officer, please email records@belfastcity.gov.uk or write to Belfast City Council, City Hall Belfast, BT1 5GS.

Proof of Consent

Data controllers must possess proof of consent for processing data and get special permissions for collecting the data of children under 13 from their legal guardians.

Right to be forgotten

You have the right to request removal of personal data related to you on any one of a number of grounds, including cases where the fundamental rights of the data subject take precedence over the data controller’s interests and require protection.

Our privacy statement

View our privacy statement to learn more about how we collect and manage your personal data. You will also find a link to it at the bottom of any page on this website.