Address: 63 Meadow Brook Road, Birmingham B31 1ND UK
Tel: 0121 476 0789
Political Party registration with the Electoral Commission in Great Britain and (as a separate party which hasn’t yet done anything) Northern Ireland
Company Limited by guarantee. Company Number 5055365
Keeping your data safe
Personal data means data which relate to a living individual who can be identified from those data with or without use of data from other sources available to the data controller ie the party.
Who are we?
The Common Good party 63 Meadow Brook Road Birmingham B31 1ND.
Who is in control?
What data do we collect and where from?
Website subscription forms
We collect the details you submit to us when you complete an online form asking us to keep you updated on party activities and related issues.
Petitions and Surveys
We also plan to collect information that you may voluntarily provide to us when you respond to petitions or surveys including your responses to any questions they might ask.
If you join as member of the party (when we, shortly, open the party to the public for actual membership as opposed to being informed about us or being informal supporters), we plan to collect all the details you will provide including contact details and any other details that are voluntarily provided. We will also collect your payment details where necessary to process your membership subscriptions and donations although these activities are not yet active on line.
Cookies and IP addresses
We collect information about how you interact with our website using Cookies and your connections Internet Connection (IP) Address if your browser is set to accept/provide such.
No Local Party Organisations
The party does not yet have any local sub-groups or “accounting units” (in the terminology of the Electoral Commission).
The Electoral Register
As a political party we are provided with access to the electoral register for the purposes of canvassing and promotion in constituencies or wards where the party fields a candidate.
We also collect anonymised publicly available information from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, for example likes, shares, tweets and posts about the party and its activities and campaigns. This information is provided to us by the third party social media platform.
What do we use your data for?
We use the data you provide us to communicate with our forthcoming membership and supporters about party business, activities and campaigns. From time to time we may also communicate with you about fundraising campaigns we run in order to finance the operation of the party.
We use your data, including any voluntarily provided information, to choose which campaigns or Party activity we believe may be of interest to you. Our communications may be via Post, Telephone, Email or Social Media.
Your address information (where provided) is used to identify your area and may be used in an automated way to inform you of campaigns of local geographical relevance or as part of a nationwide campaign.
As a Political Party we may use your expressed political opinions to inform our campaigning.
What is our legal basis for using your data?
In order to hold and process your data we are obliged to identify the lawful basis upon which we do so.
Some of the information we hold is provided by those members of the public who contact us and as such is held by consent as the lawful basis of holding such information.
Some information arises from our use of data to which we have access as a registered political party in the publicly important function of facilitating the democratic process in the public interest.
We process this personal data on the basis that we ensure that we communicate effectively with actual and potential supporters of the party. This processing is considered to be fundamental to our role in promoting democracy in the public interest.
In future as the party develops we intend to use the data about supporters and members to develop the structures of the party and to formulate our policies, to communicate them in the public sphere and to win support for them and in opinion forming and for electoral success. These functions are part of supporting the democratic process in the public interest.
We may from time to time contact you directly asking for donations to help fund the work of the party as part of our role in promoting democracy in the public interest.
As a political party we want to understand the political opinions of the UK electorate both nationally and locally as part of our role in promoting democracy in the public interest. Political opinions are classed as ‘special category’ data under data privacy legislation and our processing of this data is in accordance with Article 9 (g) of the General Data Protection Regulations which states that “processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of Union or Member State law…”
Who do we share your data with?
We will not sell your data to any third party.
The data from the above sources including members of the public who contact us may be shared with local branches of the party if and when they arise, or with working groups on particular policy specialisations (eg healthcare, transport policy) as part of the functioning of a registered party.
Donations and financial information
The personal details you provide will be held internally by our party officers and will be shared with the Electoral Commission in the case where your donations exceed declarable thresholds £7,500 per person per calendar year for the National Party and £1,500 per year for our Local Parties if they arise in future) (see http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk for current thresholds). The personal details you provide will be held internally and the bank details you provide will be kept securely. Your bank details will only be shared with your bank and ours.
Third Party Platforms
We have a site on Facebook. See Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). Facebook collects and processes data. Facebook is able to connect the data with your Facebook account and use the data for their own advertising purposes, in accordance with Facebook’s Data Use Policy. A cookie will be saved onto your computer for these purposes.
We use twitter and other social media and similar principles apply.
From time to time we may need to share some of your data with third party data processors (such as technology providers, website hosts, online systems). Where we do so we will have a data processing agreement with the third party, and where they are located outside the European Economic Area (EEA) we will ensure that they provide enough security and privacy to enable us to meet our legal obligations to you.
An example of this would be where we use a third party email provider to deliver our emails to you. We would need to share your email address with the supplier to carry out this function but their processing of your data would be in line with a data processing agreement we would have with them.
How long do we keep your data for?
Where you join as a member of the party – although joining as a member rather being in touch as a supporter or interested contact is not yet a facility we offer – your data will be held for as long as you maintain your membership. If your membership lapses, your status will change to a supporter or contact.
Where you have identified as a supporter your data will be held until such time as you unsubscribe from receiving communications from the party.
Where you have donated to the Party the related data will be held for a period of 5 years to ensure we can comply with financial regulations.
What rights do you have?
You have a number of rights under data protection law. Some of these rights and how you can exercise them are set out in this section. More information can be found from the Information Commissioners office (https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/).
We will normally need to ask you for proof of your identity before we can respond to a request to exercise any of the rights in this section and we may need to ask you for more information, for example to help us to locate the personal data that your request relates to.
The right to be informed
A right to access your information
You have a right to ask us to send you a copy of your all personal data that we hold about you (subject to some exceptions). A request to exercise this right is called a “subject access request” and must be made in writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org who is the Data Protection Officer, Common Good Party, 63 Meadow Brook Road Birmingham B31 1ND
A right to object to us processing your information
You have a right to object to us processing any personal data that we process where we are relying on your consent as the legal basis of our processing. You also have the right to withdraw your consent from our processing that requires it (such as our email communications). Every communication will have an option for you to withdraw your consent directly, or you can email email@example.com at any time to exercise this right.
A right to ask us not to market to you
You have the right to opt-out of any marketing or personally addressed direct mailings we send to you. If the communication is electronic it will include simple links and instructions to ‘unsubscribe’. For other media please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or write to Common Good party 63 Meadow Brook Road Birmingham B31 1ND
A right to have inaccurate data corrected
You have a right to ask us to correct inaccurate data that we hold about you. If we are satisfied that the new data you have provided is accurate, we will correct your personal data as soon as possible.
A right to have your data erased
A right to have processing of your data restricted
You can ask us to restrict processing of your personal data in some circumstances, for example if you think the personal data is inaccurate and we need to verify its accuracy, or if we no longer need the data but you require us to keep it so that you can exercise your own legal rights. Restricting your personal data means that we only store your personal data and don’t carry out any further processing on it unless you consent or we need to process the data to exercise a legal claim or to protect a third party or the public.
To further understand your rights please visit the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at http://www.ico.gov.uk.
24th May 2018