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A draft Civil Service Local Blog and Twitter Privacy Notice is included at the end of this page.
Please note that at many of our events photographs and video recordings will be made and those photos/videos may be used for promotional reasons online, in local press and in our internal business publications. If anyone who attends our events prefers for their images not to be used in this way please make yourself known to the event organiser. You may be asked to wear a sticker/lanyard to help those taking pictures to identify those they should avoid. Where a photograph or video is focused on a single individual then we would normally seek that persons explicit consent for its use.
If there are any images or data that you wish us to consider being removed from our blog, Twitter, FaceBook or published documents please email Hazel Hetherington and John M Haskey.
Please note it may not be possible to delete information that has been shared with public Social Media.
Comments and Moderation
Our Blog and Twitter accounts are overseen by the Civil Service Local Corporate Team but posts are made by various team members with localities throughout the country.
We do not use any automation (such as tools which generate tweets from RSS feeds) to post content on Twitter or the Blog.
If you follow or subscribe to one of our accounts, you can expect tweets or notifications covering the following:
relevant news stories and press releases
occasional live coverage of events
notifications of the latest blogs to be posted
updates on relevant Civil Service Local and cross-government programmes
links to relevant speeches and announcements by UK government departments
other information we think is relevant to you
Twitter and FOI
For Freedom of Information (FOI) requests we will usually ask you to provide email details to reply to and then process the request that way. Where we can reply in 280 characters we may do so on Twitter.
If you follow us we will not automatically follow you back. However, if we choose to follow you this does not imply endorsement of any kind.
We will normally only update and monitor our Twitter account during office hours, Monday to Friday. Twitter may occasionally be unavailable and we accept no responsibility for lack of service due to Twitter downtime.
@Replies and direct messages
We welcome feedback and ideas from all our followers and endeavour to join the conversation where possible. However, we are not able to reply individually to all the messages we receive via Twitter. We read all @replies and direct messages and ensure that any emerging themes or helpful suggestions are passed to the relevant people within the department.
If we ask you to email directly please use a “.gov.uk” email account when posting – this site is primarily directed towards serving Civil Servants. If comments are made by people outside the Civil Service then the comment may not be published or we may reply via email quoting the comment made.
We cannot engage on issues of party politics or answer questions which break the rules of our general comments policy.
We welcome and encourage comments about our services and publications. When posting comments, please observe our site participation guidelines:
- be respectful of others who use this site
- stay on topic
- keep comments concise
- do not use language that is offensive, inflammatory or provocative (this includes, but is not limited to, swearing and obscene or vulgar comments)
- do not break the law (this includes libel, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court)
- do not use this site for party political purposes (this site is paid for with public money so it's inappropriate to engage in party-political activity)
- please do not post personal information in comments such as addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses or other online contact details, which may relate to you or other individuals
- do not impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or an organisation
- do not attempt to log on using another user’s account
- do not make any commercial endorsement or promotion of any product, service or publication not relevant to the discussion
- If you are aged 16 or under, please get the permission of your parent or guardian before participating. Users without this consent are not allowed to participate.
Blog comments from new users are pre-moderated to check they comply with the CS Local participation guidelines above. If comments don’t comply they will not be published.
Here is a brief outline of how we evaluate comments.
Is this comment on topic, does it add value to the discussion and is it something we can answer publicly? If so we will post a timely response within 48 hours.
Is this person asking for information or detail relating to another Department or is it a GOV.UK content query? If so, we'll pass the query on and update the user on progress.
We will read but not always directly respond to every comment made. We anticipate that some responses will come from other readers. Some comments will not be made public and we may choose to respond via email.
Please use a “.gov.uk” email account when posting – this site is primarily directed towards serving civil servants. If comments are made by people outside the Civil Service then the comment may not be published or we may reply via email quoting the comment made. Comments made by readers without a gov.uk email address will be deleted.
So please comment and join the conversation.
Civil Service Local
Civil Service Group
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
Comments, complaints and suggestions can also be made directly to James Dumbill Head of Civil Service Local.
Privacy Notice for Civil Service Local events and service user interaction (Draft).
This notice sets out how we will use your personal data, and your rights. It is made under Articles 13 and/or 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Civil Service Local’s purpose is to bring together departments and agencies within each locality to deliver actions and opportunities that will bring the vision for a Brilliant Civil Service to life and encourage more of us to be part of it. We connect people from different departments and help them to share expertise and develop skills and solutions that benefit the business and customers.
We process your personal information for the purpose of managing and developing Civil Service Local events that we organise with members of the public and members of the Civil Service.
Event and service management includes maintaining contact lists for the purpose of tracking attendance, circulating promotional information and digital engagement during and post-event.
Event and service development includes collecting feedback, commentary and personal opinions about the events we have provided or may in the future provide.
The carrying out of research, which may include the use of photos or videos to provide a visual representation of findings in order to better inform, communicate and provide evidence of the impact of Civil Service Local projects.
We also collect diversity information for equality monitoring purposes, to ensure that our events are accessible to all, and to help design services and events specifically for disadvantaged or protected groups.
We will process the following personal data of members of the public and members of the Civil Service:
your email addresses (personal and work)
your telephone number
your office location
your job title
your grade/pay band
your image and voice (photo and video)
your opinions - on our current or proposed services
your Civil Service Department or employer
We may also process the following sensitive personal data
disability, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.
Legal basis of processing
The legal basis for processing your personal data is:
In relation to photographs and video:
Because you consent.
In relation to all other data:
That it is a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the data controller. In this case that is Civil Service Local’s role in managing events and providing services to members of the public and the Civil Service in order to deliver an improved Civil Service to all.
The legal basis for processing your sensitive personal data is:
It is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest for the exercise of a function of a government department. In this case that is Civil Service Local’s task in connecting people and helping them to share expertise and develop skills and solutions that benefit the business and customers.
It is necessary for historical research, statistical purposes, and service improvement and it is in the public interest.
It is necessary to demonstrate that we are fulfilling our public sector equality duty and that we can positively contribute to the advancement of equality and good relations.
As your personal data will be stored on our IT infrastructure it will be shared with our data processors who provide email, and document management and storage services.
Your personal information may be shared with event venues for the purpose of tracking attendance and building entry. This will be restricted to what is necessary for the venue to know and shared in a secure manner with a notice to treat your personal information in accordance with GDPR.
We also use event management Cloud companies to organise events. Services include managing applications, the selection of delegates, registration and attendance and digital audience participation during the event.
We will share anonymised, aggregate or summary data with other public bodies, and we may publish this, but it will not allow any individuals to be identified.
Your personal data will be kept by Cabinet Office for seven years in line with our Data Retention and Disposal Policy.
Information held by Cloud companies will be held for the duration of the event and deleted on completion. Personal information held by Cloud companies will be reviewed annually.
We will request that all personal information shared with external venues will be deleted post-event.
You have the right to request information about how your personal data are processed, and to request a copy of that personal data.
You have the right to request that any inaccuracies in your personal data are rectified without delay.
You have the right to request that any incomplete personal data are completed, including by means of a supplementary statement.
You have the right to request that your personal data are erased if there is no longer a justification for them to be processed.
You have the right in certain circumstances (for example, where accuracy is contested) to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted.
You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data where it is processed for direct marketing purposes.
You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data.
In relation to photographs and videos:
You have the right to withdraw consent to the processing of your personal data at any time.
As your personal data is stored on our IT infrastructure, and shared with our data processors, it may be transferred and stored securely outside the European Union. Where that is the case it will be subject to equivalent legal protection through the use of Model Contract Clauses.
As your information will be shared with Cloud companies providing services including data management and selection, registration and attendance and digital audience participation during the event, it may be transferred and stored securely outside the European Union. Where that is the case it will be subject to equivalent legal protection through the supplier’s membership in the Privacy Shield scheme, or through the use of Model Contract Clauses, Privacy Shield or Binding Corporate Rules.
If you consider that your personal data has been misused or mishandled, you may make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, who is an independent regulator. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, or 0303 123 1113, or email@example.com. Any complaint to the Information Commissioner is without prejudice to your right to seek redress through the courts.
The data controller for your personal data is the Cabinet Office. The contact details for the data controller are Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AS, or 0207 276 1234, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contact details for the data controller’s Data Protection Officer are Stephen Jones, Data Protection Officer, Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AS, or email@example.com.
The Data Protection Officer provides independent advice and monitoring of the Cabinet Office’s use of personal information.