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Privacy Policy

This privacy statement covers Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils' official websites, which can be accessed by either of the following links:

This statement also covers any other websites processed by or on behalf of Babergh Mid Suffolk District Councils.

When you use these websites you are agreeing to this statement and any additional statements on individual pages within the websites.

Your privacy is important. We regard the lawful and correct treatment of personal data as vital to maintaining the confidence of the many people we deal with. We will treat personal data lawfully and correctly, any personal information you give us will only be used in accordance with principles found in the General Data Protection Regulation.

Read more about the General Data Protection Regulation

If you provide any personal information in order to use a service on this website, it will only be used for the reasons given on the page, application form or shared with partner organisations that we use to help deliver that service. It will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Read more about how we use your information

Fair processing

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are required by law to protect the public funds they administer. They may share information with other bodies, responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of this authority. It is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation.

No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office to match each exercise, and these are set out in the Cabinet Office’s guidance.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

For further information on data matching within Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, email John Snell - Corporate Manager, Internal Audit.

Other legal requirements

We aim to have a secure website, and use security technology to protect any sensitive personal data we process about you. But your use of the internet, and this website, is entirely at your own risk. We have no responsibility or liability for the security of personal information transmitted over the internet. Please be aware that emails sent through the internet may not be secure so please consider this before you send personal or sensitive data.