Policy last reviewed 25 May 2018
At Citizens Advice we collect and use your personal information to help solve your problems, improve our services and tackle wider issues in society that affect people’s lives. You have a number of rights regarding your personal information:
- The right to be informed about how we will use your personal data;
- The right to access a copy of any personal data we hold about you;
- The right to have personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete;
- The right to request the deletion or removal of personal data;
- The rights to restrict and object to processing of personal data;
- The right to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes;
- Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling;
- The right to withdraw your consent for the processing of your personal data;
- The right to lodge a complaint with us and/or the Information Commissioner’s Office.
We only ask for the information we need. We always let you decide what you’re comfortable telling us, explain why we need it and treat it as confidential.
When we record and use your personal information we:
- Only access it when we have a good reason;
- Only share what is necessary and relevant;
- Don’t sell it to anyone.
At times we might use or share your information without your permission. If we do, we’ll always make sure there’s a legal basis for it. This could include situations where we have to use or share your information:
- To comply with the law – for example, if a court orders us to share information. This is called ‘legal obligation’;
- To protect someone’s life – for example, sharing information with a paramedic if a client was unwell at our office. This is called ‘vital interests’;
- To carry out our legitimate aims and goals as a charity – for example, to create statistics for our national research. This is called ‘legitimate interests’;
- For us to carry out a task where we’re meeting the aims of a public body in the public interest – for example, delivering a government or local authority service. This is called ‘public task’;
- To carry out a contract we have with you – for example, if you’re an employee we might need to store your bank details so we can pay you. This is called ‘contract’;
- To defend our legal rights – for example, sharing information with our legal advisors if there was a complaint that we gave the wrong advice.
We handle and store your personal information in line with the law – including the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.
You can check our main Citizens Advice policy for how we handle most of your personal information.
This page covers how we, as your local charity, handle your information locally in our offices.
How Citizens Advice East End collects your data
We provide advice at Well Street and Sommerford Grove doctors’ surgeries under contract from Social Action for Health. We get your consent to record information about you on behalf of Social Action for Health. If you do not want your information recorded in this way, tell the adviser you speak to.
What Citizens Advice East End asks for
At Well Street and Sommerford Grove doctors’ surgeries where we provide advice under contract from Social Action for Health, we additionally record the following information about you on behalf of Social Action for Health:
- Full name
- Mobile number
- Email address
- Date of birth
- If registered disabled
- If suffering a chronic condition
- If a carer
- Number of children
How Citizens Advice East End uses your information
Working on your behalf
When you give us authority to act on your behalf, for example to help you with a Universal Credit claim, we’ll need to share information with that third party.
When we act on your behalf, we may share information with:
- National government bodies, like the Department of Work and Pensions;
- Tribunals and courts, like employment tribunals;
- Your local authority: London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London Borough of Newham;
- Your housing association, such as Clarion Housing Group, Hackney Homes, L&Q;
- Your creditors;
- Solicitors acting on your behalf pro-bono (without charging a fee), such as Chris Solicitors, Edwards Duthie Solicitors, Whitechapel Legal Advice Centre (WLAC).
How Citizens Advice East End stores your information
If you are a client of Citizens Advice East End
The national Citizens Advice charity and Citizens Advice East End operate a system called Casebook to record information relating to the advice we give you.
Citizens Advice East End is a Microsoft Office 365 user for services such as email and productivity tools such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. By providing this service, Microsoft is working as our data processor. You can find out more about how Microsoft carries out that role.
If you tell us that you want to receive notifications and reminders about appointments by text message, Citizens Advice East End uses VoodooSMS to send you text messages. By providing this service, VoodooSMS is working as our data processor. You can find out more about how VoodooSMS carries out that role.
If you volunteer with or are an employee of Citizens Advice East End
For everybody in the charity
Microsoft provide hosted email and collaboration tools through Office 365. You can access the data processing agreement we have with Microsoft here. The following personal data is recorded in Office 365: your full name, your login name, your work email address, your encrypted password, your work address, your job-role, your relationship with your manager and those who you manage (if applicable). You may optionally provide your mobile phone number and/or a secondary email address for password recovery. This information is used to provide email and collaboration services that are relevant to your work.
We also subscribe to Google’s G Suite collaboration product to facilitate the management of Citizens Advice East End mobile devices, and access to information resources provided by National Citizens Advice. You can view the data processing agreement we have with Google here. The following personal data is recorded in Google G Suite: your full name, your login name, and your email address. If you have access to a Citizens Advice East End owned Chromebook or Android phone, the details of the device you use are also stored in Google’s G Suite product in a way that relates your login to the device’s unique identifier. In addition to the core G Suite products, we use Google Analytics and Google My Business to understand how our website is used, and you use the same login information for these services as for the core G Suite product.
Moorepay Ltd are our payroll bureau who run the monthly payroll and submit the BACs instruction to pay you your net pay. From May 2018’s payroll they will also arrange the payment of the PAYE and NI to HMRC. They hold your name, date of birth, address, NI number, gender, salary rate, number of hours worked, pension contribution rates and your starting and leaving dates in order to be able to calculate your pay and so that they can report your salary figures and deductions to HMRC on the charity’s behalf as required by law. You can view HMRC’s privacy charter here.
Certain employees are members of the NACAB Pension Scheme, which holds the information given below. Citizens Advice act as our representative for this Pension Scheme. So, both national Citizens Advice and the NACAB Pension Scheme have this information regarding the members of the scheme. National Citizens Advice have a data sharing agreement directly with the pension provider.
The following personal information is held by the NACAB Pension Scheme and National Citizens Advice:
Personal data, including name, gender, national insurance number, date of birth, home address and telephone number, personal e-mail address, current or former employer, the date the member joined and left employment and his/her employment status (for example, full time or part time), dates on which the member joined and left pensionable service, salary information, normal or anticipated retirement date, status as a member of the Plan, information relating to contributions to and benefits under the Plan (including any contracted-out benefits), information relating to any money purchase benefits in the Plan (including how these are invested), information relating to any pension sharing or earmarking order, tax information including members’ income tax band and any protections in relation to a member’s pension benefits, bank account details.
Special categories of personal data including marital status and family and/or dependants (for example, in relation to death benefits); information relating to health (for example, if a member cannot work any longer due to incapacity and wants to take his/her pension benefits early).
Citizens Advice East End’s auditors are RPG Crouch Chapman LLP. When conducting the annual audit of our accounts, our auditors may view the following information: staff contracts and payroll reports which include staff name, date of birth, NI number, and address. Auditors may also see pension reports which include staff name, date of birth, NI number, address and the percentage we and staff pay into the staff-member’s pension scheme.
How Citizens Advice East End shares your information
We may share information with the funders below We will tell you what information we are sharing, and ask for your consent before sharing information. If you don’t want your information shared in this way, tell the adviser you speak to.
- Albion Health Centre
- Ann Taylor Children’s Centre
- City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health
- Daubeney Children’s Centre
- Good Things Foundation
- Hackney Council for Voluntary Services – Step-Up Project
- Homerton Hospital
- Legal Advice Centre
- Linden Children’s Centre
- London Borough of Hackney
- London Borough of Tower Hamlets
- Manor Park Surgery
- Mapledene Children’s Centre
- Sebright Children’s Centre
- Social Action for Health
- St Stephen’s Health Centre
- The Wapping Group Practice
- Tyssen Children’s Centre
- Vicarage Lane Health Centre
- Woodberry Down Children’s Centre
- XX Place Surgery
To help you, we may refer you to one of the service providers listed below. We will tell you what information we are sharing, and ask for your consent before sharing information. If you don’t want your information shared in this way, tell the adviser you speak to.
- City & Hackney Mind
- DV Solicitors
- Edwards Duthie Solicitors
- Fair Finance
- Hackney Community Law Centre
- Mile End Hospital
- Ocean Somali Community Centre
- Owen Stevens
- Royal London Hospital
- Whitechapel Legal Advice Centre (WLAC)
We work in partnership with the housing associations below to help you with housing-related issues. We will tell you what information we are sharing, and ask for your consent before sharing information. If you don’t want your information shared in this way, tell the adviser you speak to.
- Clarion Housing Group
- Genesis Housing Association
- Hackney Homes
- London & Quadrant (L&Q)
Using the Citizens Advice East End website
Our web-hosting company, GoDaddy, and Google Analytics, a service which helps us understand how our website is used, both have the facility to monitor and record connections to and from the Citizens Advice East End website. The monitoring data that our web-hosting company collects includes browser type, domain name visited, traffic volumes, time and date of access and IP address information. Google Analytics collects information about your engagement with our website, including your browser type, whether you are using a mobile or desktop device, when you accessed our site, and what pages you visited, and IP address information.
When you use our website, we collect your information in the following ways:
- If you complete a form on our website, for example, if you apply to volunteer with us, the data is stored in Microsoft’s Office 365 product. By providing this service, Microsoft is working as our data processor. You can find out more about how Microsoft carries out that role.
Applying to volunteer with us
When you enter information on our website, we ask for your contact details including name, email and phone number. This is so we can respond to you. We also ask you to provide information in support of your application to volunteer with us.
We get your permission to collect your information by asking you to tick a box to give your consent.
We don’t share your personal information and use it only for our internal recruitment process. We retain volunteer applications for six months.
Contact Citizens Advice East End about your information
If you have any questions about how your information is collected or used, you can contact our offices.
- If you live in Hackney, telephone: 020 8525 6350, Monday to Friday 09:30 to 17:00.
- If you live in Newham, telephone: 020 8525 6377, Monday to Wednesday 10:00 to 12:00.
- If you live in Tower Hamlets, telephone: 020 7247 1050, Monday to Friday 09:30 to 17:00.
You can also email: email@example.com.
You can contact us to:
- Find out what personal information we hold about you;
- Correct your information if it’s wrong, out of date or incomplete;
- Request we delete your information;
- Ask us to limit what we do with your data – for example, ask us not to share it if you haven’t asked us already;
- Ask us to give you a copy of the data we hold in a format you can use to transfer it to another service;
- Ask us stop using your information.
Who’s responsible for looking after your personal information
The national Citizens Advice charity and your local Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice East End, operate a system called Casebook to keep your personal information safe. This means they’re a ‘joint data controller’ for your personal information that’s stored in our Casebook system.
Each local Citizens Advice, including East End Citizens Advice, is an independent charity, and a member of the national Citizens Advice charity. The Citizens Advice membership agreement also requires that the use of your information complies with data protection law.
Changes to this policy
25 May 2018: Made clear that clients can tell adviser that they do not want information shared with partners. Corrected contact details.
24 May 2018: Added extra details about data sharing that affects our employees and listed funders, partner service providers, and housing associations separately under “How Citizens Advice East End shares your information”.
23 May 2018: First publication on-line.