Non-Domestic Rates privacy statement
Why we collect information about you
We collect and hold information about you and your business, to administer and collect Non-Domestic Rates, including assessment of your entitlement to reliefs. We will comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and retain your information in accordance with the Act.
We will ask for your contact information and use this to contact you about your Non-Domestic Rates account.
How we use your information
We will use your information for the administration and collection of Non-Domestic Rates. We may also use your personal details to help prevent and detect crime and/or when required by law and if necessary share it with other public bodies for those purposes. We will not use your personal details for any other purpose without getting your consent first.
Sharing your information
We will only share information with other organisations where it is necessary, either to comply with a legal obligation, or where permitted under the Data Protection Act, for example, where sharing is necessary for us to carry out the Non-Domestic Rates function or if there is a public interest to do so such as the prevention and/or detection of crime (see below). This could include the need to disclose sensitive or confidential information to other organisations. We may disclose information when necessary to prevent risk of harm to an individual.
At no time will your information be passed to external organisations for marketing or sales purposes or for any commercial use without first getting your consent.
We have a duty to manage public funds properly. As a result, we will use the information you provide to make sure all amounts we are owed are paid on time (for example, by identifying those who have not paid Non-Domestic Rates and to assist organisations who are entitled to reliefs to claim them).
We may also share your information with debt management organisations engaged by us and the courts in relation to outstanding money owed. We may also share your information for the same purposes with other public organisations, including neighbouring councils that handle public funds, and with the police. We may also share your details with other organisations, including credit reference agencies, to help prevent and detect fraud and to confirm who is resident at an address.
Where external contractors are appointed to process information on our behalf, there are contracts which require them to keep personal information safe and prohibits them from doing anything with your personal data other than following our instructions.
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Last updated 14 February 2017