Office of the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner
Fair Processing Statement
What happens to information held about you? Your rights and our obligations to you.
How We Use Personal Data
This document explains how The Office of the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) obtains, holds, uses and discloses information about people (their personal data), the steps we take to ensure that it is protected, and also describes the rights individuals have in regard to their personal data handled by the OPCC.
The use and disclosure of personal data is governed in the United Kingdom by the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘the Act’). The Police and Crime Commissioner of Northamptonshire is registered with the Information Commissioner as a ‘data controller’ for the purposes of the Act (see link). As such he is obliged to ensure that the OPCC handles all personal data in accordance with the Act.
The OPCC takes that responsibility very seriously and takes great care to ensure that personal data is handled appropriately in order to secure and maintain individuals’ trust and confidence in the force.
- Why do we handle personal data?
The OPCC holds, uses and discloses personal data for the following purposes:
We process personal information as a police and crime commissioner for the following:
- To improve accountability within the police force;
- Ensuring that our local police force is combating issues important to our local community; managing our staff:
- Maintaining our accounts and records:
- Promoting our services and activities:
- Carrying out research:
- The use of CCTV systems for crime prevention.
- Whose personal data do we handle?
In order to carry out the purposes described under section 1 above The OPCC may obtain, use and disclose (see section 6 below) personal data relating to a wide variety of individuals including the following:
- Advisers and professional experts
- Complainants, enquirers
- Members of the public
- Individuals captured by CCTV images
- Recipients of police services
The OPCC will only use appropriate personal data necessary to fulfil a particular purpose or purposes. Personal data could be information which is held on a computer, in a paper record i.e. a file, as images, but it can also include other types of electronically held information i.e. CCTV images.
- What types of personal data do we handle?
In order to carry out the purposes described under section 1 above The OPCC may obtain, use and disclose (see section 6 below) personal data relating to or consisting of the following:
- Personal details
- Education and employment details
- Financial details
- Goods and services
- Family details
- Lifestyle and social circumstances
- Visual images, personal appearance and behaviour
We also process sensitive classes of information that may include:
- Offences and alleged offences
- Criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences
- Racial and ethnic origin
- Religious or similar beliefs
- Trade union membership
- Physical or mental health or condition
- How do we handle personal data?
In order to achieve the purposes described under section 1, The OPCC will handle personal data in accordance with the Act. In particular we will ensure that personal data is handled fairly and lawfully with appropriate justification. We will strive to ensure that any personal data used by us or on our behalf is of the highest quality in terms of accuracy, relevance, adequacy and non-excessiveness, is kept as up to date as required, is protected appropriately, and is reviewed, retained and securely destroyed when no longer required. We will also respect individuals’ rights under the Act (see section 6 below).
- How do we ensure the security of personal data?
The OPCC takes the security of all personal data under our control very seriously. We will comply with the relevant parts of the Act relating to security, and we will ensure that appropriate policy, training, technical and procedural measures are in place, including audit and integrity monitoring, to protect our manual and electronic information systems from data loss and misuse. We would only permit access to them when there is a legitimate reason to do so, and then under strict guidelines as to what use may be made of any personal data contained within them. These procedures are continuously managed and enhanced to ensure up-to-date security.
- Who do we disclose personal data to?
The OPCC will sometimes need to share the personal information we process with the individual themselves and also with other organisations. Where this is necessary we are required to comply with all aspects of the Data Protection Act (DPA). What follows is a description of the types of organisations we may need to share some of the personal information we process with for one or more reasons.
Where necessary or required we share information with:
- Business associates, advisers
- Consultants and other professional experts
- Other PCCs
- Family, associates and representatives of the person whose personal data we are processing
- Suppliers and providers of goods and services
- Healthcare and social and welfare advisers or practitioners
- Financial organisations
- Police forces and security organisations
- Local and central government
- Credit reference agencies, debt collection and tracing agencies
- Research organisations
- Data processors
- Traders in personal data
- Employment and recruitment agencies
- Ombudsmen and regulatory authorities
- Press and the media
It may sometimes be necessary to transfer personal information overseas. When this is needed information is only shared within the European Economic Area (EEA). Any transfers made will be in full compliance with all aspects of the data protection act.
- What are the rights of the individuals whose personal data is handled by the Northamptonshire OPCC?
Individuals have various rights enshrined in the Act:
The most commonly exercised right is that used by individuals to obtain a copy, subject to exemptions, of their personal data processed by The OPCC. Requests for a Subject Access Request must be put in writing to the Chief Executive of the OPCC (see section 10 below). To help establish your identity your application must be accompanied by COPIES of TWO official documents, which between them clearly show your name, date of birth and current address. For example, driving licence, medical card, birth/adoption certificate, passport and any other official document, which shows your name, date of birth and address.
Right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress
Under Section 10 of the Act an individual is entitled, in limited circumstances, to write to the Chief Executive of the OPCC requiring that we do not handle their personal data in a manner that was causing or would be likely to cause unwarranted substantial damage or substantial distress to themselves or another person. Requests under Section 10 must describe the personal data involved; describe the handling to which the individual objects; state that the handling was causing or would be likely to cause substantial damage or substantial distress to him/her or another; describe the damage or distress; state that the damage or distress was/would unwarranted; and give reasons why the handling was causing/would cause such distress and was/would be unwarranted.
All requests of this nature may be sent in writing to the Chief Executive of the OPCC (see section 10 below). It is worth noting that the Act includes certain provisions which may mean in a particular case the OPCC can continue to handle the personal data as intended despite the objection.
Right to Prevent Processing for the Purposes of Direct Marketing
Under Section 11 of the Act and subject to certain exemptions, an individual has the right to request in writing that the OPCC stops within a reasonable time, or does not start, using their personal data for direct marketing purposes. This includes the communication by any means (e.g. mail, email, telephone, door-to-door canvassing) of any advertising or marketing material directed at particular individuals.
Any requests under Section 11 may be sent to the Chief Executive of the OPCC (see section 10 below).
Rights in relation to automated decision-taking
Although the OPCC is unlikely to carry out any automated decision-taking that does not involve some human element, under Section 12 of the Act and subject to certain exemptions, an individual has the right to require that the OPCC ensures that no decision that would significantly affect them is taken by the OPCC or on its behalf purely using automated decision-making software. The right has to be exercised in writing. If there is a human element involved in the decision-making the right does not apply. Requests under Section 11 may be sent to the Chief Executive of the OPCC (see section 10 below).
Right to take action for compensation if the individual suffers damage by any contravention of the Act by data controllers
Under Section 13 of the Act any individual who believes they have suffered damage and/or distress as a result of any contravention of the requirements of the Act may be entitled to compensation from the OPCC where the organisation is unable to prove that it had taken such care as was reasonable in all the circumstances to comply with the relevant requirement. Any claim for compensation arising from this provision may be sent to the Chief Executive of the OPCC (see section 10 below).
Right to take action to rectify, block, erase or destroy inaccurate data
Under Section 14 of the Act an individual has the right to seek a court order for the rectification, blocking, erasure or destruction of their inaccurate personal data handled by the OPCC. The right cannot be exercised directly to the OPCC.
Right to request the Information Commissioner to assess a data controller’s Processing
Under Section 42 of the Act any person can request the Information Commissioner to make an assessment if they believe that they are/have been adversely affected by the handling of personal data by the OPCC. Such requests should be made direct to the Information Commissioner whose contact details can be found below.
Generally if individuals have any concerns regarding the way their personal data is handled by the OPCC or the quality (accuracy, relevance, non-excessiveness etc.) of their personal data they are encouraged to raise them with the Chief Executive of the OPCC (see section 10 below).
The Information Commissioner is the independent regulator responsible for enforcing the Act and can provide useful information about the Act’s requirements. The Information Commissioner’s Office may be contacted using the following:
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Tel: 0303 123 1113
- How long does Northamptonshire OPCC retain personal data?
The OPCC keeps personal data as long as is necessary for the particular purpose or purposes for which it is held.
The OPCC may monitor or record and retain telephone calls, text, emails and other electronic communications to and from the organisation in order to assist Northamptonshire Police to deter, prevent and detect inappropriate or criminal activity.
- Contact Us
Any individual with concerns over the way the OPCC handles their personal data may contact the Chief Executive at address below:
The Chief Executive
Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner
The West Wing
Tel: 01604 888113
 This document is designed to help satisfy the ‘Fair Processing Requirements as required by Schedule 1 Part II Paragraphs 1-4 of the Data Protection Act 1998. Additional Fair Processing Notices may be included on other such items including but not limited to forms, OPCC policies and email footers.
 ‘Personal Data’ is defined under Part I of the Data Protection Act 1998. In practical terms it means information handled by the OPCC that relates to identifiable living individuals. It can include intentions and expressions of opinion about an individual. The information can be held electronically or as part of a paper record and can include CCTV images and photographs. Part I of the Act uses the term ‘processing’ to effectively cover any usage of personal data.