Can I object to my data being used?

You have the right to object to your information being processed in the following circumstances:

  • if the legal justification we have outlined is that processing is necessary:
    a) to perform a task carried out in the public interest
    b) as part of the organisation's official authority or legitimate interest and you feel this is not applicable
  • in the case that we retain your information in defence or potential defence of a legal claim but you believe there are insufficient grounds to do so.

You also have aright to object to your data being used for direct marketing purposes at any time and we must cease processing for this purpose. Examples of direct marketing conducted by the Council might include distribution of leaflets, where you are the addressee, providing information on services that might be relevant to you.

Where we use IT systems to make automatic decisions based on your personal data, for example, to calculate your eligibility to receive a service, unless an exemption applies you have a right to object and:

  • request human intervention in the decision making
  • be able to express your point of view
  • obtain an explanation of how a decision has been reached
  • challenge the decision

You do not have a right to object to ‘automated decision-making’ if:

  • it is necessary to fulfil a contract in which you are party
  • automated processing is authorised by law
  • we have your explicit consent

Where we are using your data for research purposes you have the right to object unless the research is being undertaken in the wider public interest that outweighs your right to privacy.

We must respond to your objection within one month. For complex requests, this response may be to notify you that a 3-month deadline for addressing your objection will apply.

To make any of the objections above, please complete the form below.

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