Central Bedfordshire Council is fully committed to full compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. The council has a Data Protection Policy to ensure that the council and people working on its behalf (this includes employees, temporary staff, contractors, volunteers, consultants, partners (and their staff) and Members of the Council), are aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and comply fully with that Act.
Statement of Policy
The council needs to collect and use information about people with whom it works in order to operate and carry out its functions. These may include members of the public, current, past and prospective employees, clients and customers and suppliers. In addition, the council may be required by law to collect and use information in order to comply with the requirements of central government. This personal information must be handled and dealt with properly however it is collected, recorded and used and whether it is on paper, in computer records or recorded by other means.
Central Bedfordshire Council regards the lawful and appropriate treatment of personal information as very important to its successful operations and essential to maintaining confidence between the council and those with whom it carries out business. The council therefore fully endorses and adheres to the Principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.