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Privacy notice - Commercial Property and Business Support

Who are we and what do we do?

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Middlesbrough Council provides services for business engagement, business sector development, commercial letting, estate management, land and property acquisition and disposal, inward investment and business support.

What type of personal data do we collect and how do we collect it?

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We collect personal data from you using tenant applications, enquiry forms, online bidding portal, and other associated documents. If you are a tenant, we may collect information throughout your relationship with us. The information we collect could include:

  • Name, address, National Insurance details, telephone number, email addresses
  • Company registration number, trading name, subsidiary company details
  • Financial details including credit history, bankruptcy, and any outstanding criminal convictions
  • Any other relevant information about possible applications or disposals you may be involved in
  • Details of complaints made by you or about your tenancy.

We also receive information from third parties such as financial references, credit history reports.

How the Law allows us to use your personal data

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We process your personal data on a number of lawful basis including where you have given your consent, where you are seeking to enter or have entered into a contract agreement with us, to meet our legal obligations, or to allow us to deliver a ‘public task’ based on our legal powers. The laws that require or allow us to process personal data for our purposes include:

  • Local Government Act 2003
  • EU Public Contracts Directive 2014
  • Public Contracts Regulations 2015
  • Local Government Act 1972
  • Town & Country Planning Act 1990
  • Local Government Act 2000

If you are a private individual or run a business that is not incorporated, we provide you with information about business support and town centre developments if you have given us ‘consent’ or you have received similar services and have not objected (‘soft opt-in’).

What is your personal data used for?

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We use your personal data to register your interest for future notification when properties become available. We process personal data for applications to acquire, lease, and dispose of land and premises. This helps us to effectively manage our assets, achieve ‘best value’, and provide on-going services to you where you are a tenant as part of our contract agreement. We also use debt information about individuals to assess suitability as a tenant and information to protect the Council from financial risks including fraud.

Will your personal data be shared?

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We share information where we have a business need or the law requires us to do so with third parties including Ward Councillors, consultants who we commission, other local authorities, statutory bodies, and members of the public.

How do we keep your personal data secure?

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We use the following measures to ensure that your personal data is secure: data protection and security policies, information security incident reporting, data and device encryption, system and data access controls, user accounts and passwords, physical and environmental security, staff vetting practices, staff training and awareness, data back-ups, ICT network penetration testing, and business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

How long will we keep your personal data?

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We only keep personal data for as long as the Law requires it and this is set out in our ‘records management retention schedules’ on our website.

Is your personal data processed overseas?

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The only information we transfer outside of the United Kingdom is the data we use for electronic marketing which is shared with our electronic marketing provider in the European Economic Area (France) which the UK Government has decided has laws that adequately protect personal data.

Marketing

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We email businesses and individuals about business support and town centre developments.

What are your information rights?

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Your Information Rights are set out in law and, subject to some exceptions, you have the:

  • Right to rectification - to ask for information to be corrected
  • Right to erasure - to have your personal data deleted
  • Right to object - to how your data is used
  • Right to restriction - to request limits on how your data is used
  • Right to portability - to request that we move your data to another organisation
  • Right of subject access - to request a copy of data the Council holds about you

Making a complaint

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If you have a concerns about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner's Office. Visit the website of the Information Commissioner's Office.

Contact

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If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice or your information rights, please contact:

The Data Protection Officer
Middlesbrough Council
PO Box 500, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FT
Phone: 01642 245432
Email: dataprotection@middlesbrough.gov.uk