Citizens Advice is the statutory watchdog for postal services. This means we have a legal duty to monitor postal services to make sure consumers are getting a fair deal.
We collect and process your personal information using a lawful basis called ‘public task’. This means it lets us carry out a task which is in the public interest or part of our official functions, and which has a clear basis in law.
If you contact us with your concerns with a post office service, we'll collect personal information from you through email, phone or letter - depending on how you get in touch. This information might include:
- your name and contact details
- where you live
- what you're concerned about in relation to your post office
- whether you're making the complaint as a consumer, or as a local representative on behalf of your constituents or community
You can withdraw your permission for us to store your personal information at any time - known legally as withdrawing consent. Tell us what personal information you don't want us to store and we'll delete it.
How we use your information
As the consumer watchdog for postal services, the main way we use your information is to:
- monitor changes in the post office network
- follow up your complaint with the post office, if relevant
We'll only access your information for other reasons if we really need to - for example:
- for training and quality purposes
- to get more feedback on our service or the post office
- to include anonymised statistics in internal or external reports
All staff accessing data have done data protection training to make sure your information is handled sensitively and securely.
When we share your data
We might share your personal information with Post Office Ltd so we can deal with your complaint. We'll only do this with your permission.
Post Office Ltd must store and use your data in line with data protection law - they can't pass it on or sell it without your permission.
Storing your information
We'll store your information securely on our internal systems.
We keep your data for 6 years. If your complaint is serious or involves an insurance claim or other dispute we keep the data for 16 years.
Contact us about your data
You can contact us at any time and ask us:
- what information we've stored about you
- to change or update your details
- to delete your information
Send us a message at email@example.com.
If you want to make a complaint
If you're not happy with how we've handled your data, you can make a complaint.