What is Data Protection?
The data protection act (1998) governs how personal data should be processed by public and private sector organisations.
The definition of the term ‘data processing’ is very wide and includes:
- Obtaining / collecting
- Holding / storing
- Reading / viewing
- Deleting / destroying
Everything the council does with your personal data will be classed as a processing activity.
Walsall Council is committed to compliance with data protection legislation to ensure any personal information we hold about you is processed appropriately following the eight principles contained in the act.
When processing your personal information, we will ensure that:
- processing is fair and lawful
- processing is for a limited specific purpose only
- data is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- data is accurate
- not kept for longer than necessary
- processed in line with your rights
- kept secure
- not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
Walsall Council collects and uses personal information to help it provide services to its citizens. The Data Protection Act (1998) the DPA - gives individuals rights in relation to their own information, and controls the way the Council can use the information it holds.
Walsall Children's Services
Walsall Children’s Services has committed to working with the Department of Communities and Local Government as part of the national Troubled Families programme between January 2015 and March 2020. Part of our contribution to the research and evaluation of the national Troubled Families programme is to provide information to the Department of Communities and Local Government and further details of how we will use your personal information is available on our WCS- How we use your data webpage.
The Council is legally required to protect the public funds it's responsible for. As part of its work protecting these funds, it may share information it holds with other public bodies which are also responsible for auditing or administering public funds. The Council does this in order to prevent and detect fraud.
Data matching involves comparing computer records (usually personal information) held by one body against other computer records, held by a different part of the same body, or those held by another organisation to see how far they match.
Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified, but the inclusion of personal data within a data matching exercise does not mean that any specific individual is under suspicion. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation; until this investigation is carried out, no assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or another explanation.
Data matching exercises can also help bodies ensure that their records are up to date.
The Information Governance and Assurance Team
Information, Communication and Technologies
Change and Governance Directorate
Telephone 01922 650970
This page was last updated on 07 December 2016