Privacy Statement

www.dacorum.gov.uk/ has been developed to provide you with a convenient and secure online service. Dacorum Borough Council is committed to the online privacy of all of its users.

This privacy statement applies solely to information on this website.

It has been written to give you a clear explanation of our data processing practices to safeguard you and your personal information.

The use of the term partners denotes businesses and other authorities who work closely with Dacorum Borough Council to provide a service to the public.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to this policy and data protection please select Contact us from the site menu.

By using this website you are accepting the terms and conditions of use contained within this policy. If this policy is not acceptable to you, please do not use the Dacorum Borough Council website.

Notification of changes

From time to time it will be necessary to update this Privacy Policy. This is in order to ensure our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy in force at the time the information was collected.

Information Collected

Dacorum Borough Council is the sole owner of the information on this site. We will not sell, share or rent any information on the website to third parties in any way, unless:

  • it is stated on the web page at the point of collecting information from you, or
  • it is outlined in this policy statement, or
  • it is required by law.

We automatically receive and record information on server logs from your browser. Dacorum Borough Council only monitors the IP (Internet Protocol) addresses of visitors to collect statistical data about usage patterns on our website. This information does not relate to any personal detail of an individual so all visitors to our site remain anonymous.

Users have several opportunities to provide online views and comments about the website, Dacorum Borough Council, and its services from our website. The information provided by users via this service will be acted upon according to the content of the communication. Dacorum Borough Council may contact users in order to reply to the issues raised.

Dacorum Borough Council will retain all communications received in order to produce statistical analysis reports on the comments received. All personal information collected on the website will be used for the purpose of delivering the service for which the information was supplied.

Correcting and Updating Personal Information

If you need to change or modify information that you have previously provided, you can do so by contacting the Council by email or by post.

Cookies

A cookie is a means for your web page browser to hold a small amount of information either in memory or on you hard disk, for use during your website visit. It is important to stress that cookies do not damage your computer, since they cannot look into your computer and find out information about you or read any personal material kept on your hard-drive.

There are two types of cookies - session and persistent cookies. Session cookies disappear after you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies are stored for a length of time on your hard disk after which they "expire" automatically.

Like most other major websites, Dacorum Borough Council uses cookies, some persistent, some session.

Any Dacorum Borough Council cookies that are used or that remain on your PC do not contain any record of the information you may enter, nor any other personal information, and are only used so that interactive sessions function correctly. No other website can read the id we store in our cookies and we do not read any information from other websites.

If you follow any external links from Dacorum Borough Council to visit another website, you might encounter the use of cookies on those sites, which of course is beyond the control of Dacorum Borough Council.

If you would like more information about what can cookies do, and how you can manage or refuse them, we recommend you look at www.allaboutcookies.org. These web pages are produced by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) who develop standards and guidelines to support online business processes.

Security

Access to all our user information is restricted. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information.

The servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment which is continually monitored and tested.