Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement

Our Privacy Policy is designed to tell you about our practices regarding the collection, use and disclosure of information that you may provide via the Mid Sussex website. Whenever you use this site, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Ways that we collect information

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) does not capture and store any personal information about individuals who access this web site, except where you voluntarily choose to give us your personal details via online forms, email, or by enquiring about any of our services. In the latter case, the personal data you give MSDC will be used exclusively for providing you with the information you have requested.

Statistical information such as URL, type of browser and the IP address of site visitors is automatically monitored.  This information is not linked to personally identifiable information and is only used by the Council for system administration and to evaluate the use of the site.

An IP address is a number assigned to your computer by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), so you can access the Internet. It is generally considered to be non-personally identifiable information, because in most cases an IP address is dynamic (changing each time you connect to the Internet), rather than static (unique to a particular user's computer).

For further information contact:

Tel:01444 477422
Email: dataprotectionofficer@midsussex.gov.uk

Submission of personal information (data)

When you supply any personal information to MSDC (e.g. when applying using an online form, or adding your details to an online information service) we have legal obligations towards you in the way we deal with that data.

We must collect the information fairly; we must let you know how we will use it; and we must tell you in advance if it becomes necessary to pass the information on to anyone else.

All personal information that we obtain from you will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of this Privacy Policy and the Data Protection Act 1998. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as it is needed for the service you have requested, and remove it in the event that the purpose has been met.

Cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored locally on your computer and contains information about your activities on the Internet. On our website, we use cookies to track users' progress through the site, allowing us to make improvements based on usage data. The information in a cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information you submit to our site.

Once you close your browser, our access to the cookie terminates. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose not to accept the cookie, this will not affect your access to the majority of information available on our website. However, you will not be able to make full use of our online services.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) provides in depth information about cookies.

Web Statistics

We use log files generated by our web servers to analyse site usage and statistics but the files do not identify any personal information. Log file analysis helps us to understand usage patterns on our website and help us to make improvements to our service.

Disclosure

Except as otherwise stated, we may use information you provide via this site to improve the content, to communicate information to you (if you have requested it), for internal research purposes, and for the purposes specified in this Privacy Policy.

We do not disclose any information you provide via the site to any third parties or other government departments except where:

  • Such disclosures are necessary to fulfil our service obligations to you in which case we will require such third parties to agree to treat it in accordance with this Privacy Policy.
  • Required by applicable laws, courts orders, or government regulations (for example to prevent or detect crime).
  • You give us permission to do so.

Access to and correction of personal information

We will take all reasonable steps in accordance with our legal obligations to update or correct personally identifiable information in our possession that you submit via this site.

You have a right to ask to see details of any personal information that we hold about you. If you wish to do so please contact our Data Protection Officer. See our Data Protection pages for more information.

Security

MSDC has a legal duty to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. We take all reasonable steps to protect any information you submit via our website in accordance with legislation such as the Data Protection Act 1998.

Please be aware that transmission of personal data to us via email or submitted by some of our online forms is not secure, unless stated on the page where the form is located. The security padlock symbol padlock image will also be used to indicate secure forms.  Specific services such as Pay Online use secure transmission methods, again it will be stated where the transmission method is secure.  We ensure we protect information provided to us against loss, misuse, unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

Where you use passwords, ID numbers, or other special access features on this site, you also have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to safeguard them.

Links to other websites

This site contains links and references to other websites. Please be aware that this Privacy Policy does not apply to those websites and we encourage you to read the Privacy Policy of every website you visit.

Third-Party Scripts

Some components of this website use third-party technologies. Our privacy policy does not cover these services in all instances. You can find the additional privacy policies below: