Environmental Health and Trading Standards

Environmental Health and Trading Standards

Data Controller and Purpose

The information you provide will be used by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service, to process your complaint/objection/application.

Tower Hamlets Council is the Data Controller.

We process your data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and if you have any concerns the council’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted on DPO@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Condition for processing personal data

It is necessary for us to process your personal data (name, address, contact details), as a task carried out in the public interest, and more personal data such as health, personal and household circumstances as necessary for substantial public interest reasons, to assess and prioritise in compliance with a legal obligation or social protection law.

A delay in you providing the information requested may result in a delay in providing appropriate services.

How long do we keep your information?

We will only hold your information for as long as is required by law and to provide you with the necessary services. This is likely to be for six years after the case is closed. For further details you can view our Retention Schedule.

We may also anonymise some personal data you provide to us to ensure that you cannot be identified and use this for statistical analysis of data to allow the council to effectively target and plan the provision of services.

Information sharing

Your personal information may be shared with internal departments or with external partners and agencies involved in delivering services on our behalf.

The council has a duty to protect public funds and may use personal information and data-matching techniques to detect and prevent fraud, and ensure public money is targeted and spent in the most appropriate and cost-effective way. Information may be shared with internal services and external bodies like the Audit Commission, Department for Work and Pensions, other local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Police.

This activity is carried out under Article 9(2)(b) of the GDPR, under social protection law.

We have a duty to improve the health of the population we serve. To help with this, we use data and information from a range of sources including hospitals to understand more about the nature and causes of disease and ill-health in the area. This data would normally be anonymised and never used to make decisions on a specific individual or family.

We will not transfer your data to non EEA territory and there are no automated decisions made with your data.

Your Rights

You can find out more about your rights on our Data Protection page and how to complain to the Information Commissioner.