Data breaches

The council is committed to processing your data in line with the relevant data protection legislation. We will ensure your data is kept safe and secure.

What is a breach?

A breach takes place if someone’s personal data is either accidentally or intentionally lost, stolen, disclosed, destroyed or altered when it shouldn’t be. It’s also a breach if someone can’t access their data over a period of time.

How do we minimise the risk of breaches?

Breaches can not only have an impact on the individuals concerned, but also affect the efficiency of the service and our reputation. The council has strict policies and procedures in place to manage, minimise and mitigate the impact of any breach as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Find more information about data protection.

Will you know if a data breach relating to you has occurred?

We are only required to inform you of a breach when it is likely to result in a high risk to your rights and freedoms. In this event we will contact you without delay.

Examples are:

  • discrimination
  • identity theft or fraud
  • financial loss
  • damage to reputation

Reporting to the Regulator (Information Commissioner's Office - ICO)

In certain circumstances the council is obliged to proactively report significant data breaches to the ICO within 72 hours.

What to do if you become aware of a breach

If you know or suspect that a breach has occurred please, without undue delay, complete our online form.

You can also contact the Data Protection Officer

Find information on the council's data retention schedule.

Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the changes.