At Citizens Advice we collect and use your personal information to help solve your problems, improve our services and tackle wider issues in society that affect people’s lives.
We only ask for the information we need. We always let you decide what you’re comfortable telling us, explain why we need it and treat it as confidential.
When we record and use your personal information we:
- only access it when we have a good reason
- only share what is necessary and relevant
- don’t sell it to commercial organisations
At times we might use or share your information without your permission. If we do, we’ll always make sure there’s a legal basis for it. This could include situations where we have to use or share your information:
- to comply with the law - for example, if a court orders us to share information (this is called ‘legal obligation’)
- to protect someone’s life - for example, sharing information with a paramedic if a client was unwell at our office (this is called ‘vital interests’)
- to carry out our legitimate aims and goals as a charity - for example, to create statistics for our national research (this is called ‘legitimate interests’)
- for us to carry out a task where we’re meeting the aims of a public body in the public interest - for example, delivering a government or local authority service (this is called ‘public task’)
- to carry out a contract we have with you - for example, if you’re an employee we might need to store your bank details so we can pay you (this is called ‘contract’)
- to defend our legal rights - for example, sharing information with our legal advisors if there was a complaint that we gave the wrong advice
We handle and store your personal information in line with the law - including the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.
This page covers how we, as your local charity, handle your information locally in our offices.
How Citizens Advice Scarborough & District collect your data
What Citizens Advice Scarborough & District ask for
How Citizens Advice Scarborough & District use your information
Working on your behalf
When you give us authority to act on your behalf, for example to help you with a Universal Credit claim, we’ll need to share information with that third party. We will always talk to you about information we will share before we do.
For example, we commonly share information with the following organisations, if we need to act on your behalf to resolve matters:
Department for Work & Pensions, HM Revenues & Customs, Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Coast Homes, IDAS, banks and loan companies, creditors.
How Citizens Advice Scarborough & District store your information
On occasion, your data may be stored in Google Drive online cloud system. This is usually only if we have needed to write to you about a non-advice related issue and we are required by our processes to keep a copy, for example, in dealing with a complaint made.
How Citizens Advice Scarborough & District share your information
We may share your information if we make a referral for you if we feel another organisation can help you better or as well as us.
We will always ask for your permission for sharing this information with another organisation, and will discuss with you, what information you are willing for us to disclose.
Contact Citizens Advice Scarborough & District about your information
If you have any questions about how your information is collected or used, you can contact our office.
Sharon Noble – Office Manager
Telephone: 01723 368710 open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm
You can contact us to:
- find out what personal information we hold about you
- correct your information if it’s wrong, out of date or incomplete
- request we delete your information
- ask us to limit what we do with your data - for example, ask us not to share it if you haven’t asked us already
- ask us to give you a copy of the data we hold in a format you can use to transfer it to another service
- ask us stop using your information
Who’s responsible for looking after your personal information
The national Citizens Advice charity and your local Citizens Advice operate a system called Casebook to keep your personal information safe. This means they’re a ‘joint data controller’ for your personal information that’s stored in the Casebook system.
Each local Citizens Advice is an independent charity, and a member of the national Citizens Advice charity. The Citizens Advice membership agreement also requires that the use of your information complies with data protection law.
You can find out more about your data rights on the Information Commissioner’s website.