Data Protection, Privacy & Cookies
Personal data held by the Commission is subject to the provisions of data protection law currently in force in England. As our work is constitutional, it is not directly affected by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’), but is instead subject to the ‘applied GDPR’ regime, established by the Data Protection Act 2018.
We have different privacy notices, outlining the personal data we collect, the basis on which we do that, what we do with it, and your rights.
- Privacy notice for data collected from electoral registers and through statutory consultation during constituency reviews (including online);
- Privacy notice for data collected from general office correspondence;
- Privacy notice for data collected from Freedom of Information requests and personal data subject access requests;
- Privacy notice for data collected from external business contacts.
We particularly draw attention to the fact that responses to our statutory consultation (including name and address) are published. Requests to anonymise a consultation response should be submitted (with reasons) to our Information Manager, and will be considered on a case by case basis by the Secretary to the Commission. A consultation response can also be fully withdrawn and deleted on request to the Information Manager.
Specific law restricts the use of electoral registers. In particular, the Commission is not allowed to supply a third party with a copy of a register it has received (or details of any individual within it), unless expressly provided for in the relevant legislation.
Electronic data held by the Commission is held on IT systems provided and managed by the sponsoring government Department, so they are considered joint data controllers. The shared data controller responsibility is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding.
Our policy document on special category and criminal conviction personal data can be viewed here.
You may request a copy of any personal data we hold on you, at any time, by emailing email@example.com, or by writing to our Information Manager.
Privacy and this website
The purpose of this privacy statement is to assist you in understanding how we use personal information collected via this website.
You do not have to provide any personal information in order to browse this website.
When you use our website, we may collect tracking information such as your browser type, the type of operating system you use, the name of your internet service provider and pages visited on the site.
We obtain this information by using technologies, including cookies, to increase the functionality and user-friendliness of our website and to better tailor our website to your needs. For example, we may want to know how long the average visitor spends on our website or which pages get the most attention. Information such as this will only be used in aggregate form and does not identify you personally.
We collect information on our website visitors for a variety of purposes, including to reply to your enquiries more efficiently through the services we provide. We also use information in aggregate form (your individual details cannot be identified) to audit usage of the site.
Information that you supply in connection with the provision of a product or service, or a job application will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.
If you sign up to receive email updates from us, we will use the information you give us to provide the service(s) you have requested only. If you inform us that you wish to cancel your details will be deleted from our records.
We do not sell or pass on your personal information to others outside the Boundary Commission for England/Cabinet Office.
When you visit our website, we may store some information on your computer. This information will be in the form of a ‘cookie’ or similar file and can help us in many ways. For example, cookies allow us to tailor a website to better match your interests and preferences. With most internet browsers you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.
The web statistics package we use on our site, Google Analytics, sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast. The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
|Cookie Name||Expiration Time||Description|
|_ga||2 years||Used to distinguish users.|
|_gid||24 hours||Used to distinguish users.|
|_gat||1 minute||Used to throttle request rate.|
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Analytics documentation.
How to reject or delete these cookies
Further information on how to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer can be found on All about cookies website under the ‘manage cookies’ section.
You have the right to ask us at any time not to contact you, or to change your preferred methods of contact for marketing purposes.
You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected.
Protection of your personal data
We are committed to keeping your information as secure as possible. We also use additional methods to secure sensitive information about your activities with us. Employees of the suppliers who manage this website on our behalf have to follow a strict confidentiality procedure and privacy standards.
Withdrawing your permission
You may, at any time, withdraw your permission for us to use your personal information for the purposes of sending you information about products or services. You can do this by writing to us using the details on our contact page.
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