Data Protection Policy
UK Chinese Women Connect Association (UKCWC) recognises the need to comply with the various laws regulating the processing of personal data. It is our desire that colleagues recognise the risks involved when dealing with such information and fully understand the steps that must be taken in order to minimise such risks. It is UKCWC’s policy to educate and inform colleagues about the dangers of inappropriate and illegal use of the personal data they may have access to.
Whenever you are involved in processing any personal data, you must ensure that all associated procedures have been sanctioned by the UKCWC committee. You must only operate within sanctioned procedures:
- If for any reason registration of the information is withdrawn you must stop using the particular data immediately. The committee will advise you of this.
- You must ensure that your appropriate records are maintained and safe and are only used to perform your particular activity.
- You must ensure that all personal data is used, held and disclosed only for the registered purpose: you should not use any of the systems outside of this criteria.
- Information must be collected and processed in a prudent and lawful manner and should be kept up to date and accurate at all times.
- Information must not be transferred to countries outside the EU without authorisation from your committee.
- The information should only be retained for the period necessary, and for the purpose for which it is held.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding the processing or use of personal data you should contact the committee as soon as possible. If in any doubt you should cease to process the information.
If you are required to use electronic equipment such as a computer or data-holding device your actions should comply with this and the ICT Use Policy. It is your responsibility to ensure that reasonable measures are taken to ensure the security of information contained within them. Such measures include keeping equipment in a lockable location when not in use and/ or using password protection for files containing information covered by data protection legislation.
A breach of the data protection regulations or failure to adhere to UKCWC’s policies could have serious repercussions for UKCWC and for yourself, if you are found responsible. It may also be treated as a serious disciplinary matter and may result in the termination of your membership or agreement.
If you are aware of any breach of Data Protection you must bring it to the attention of your committee immediately. Any failure to do this may result in disciplinary action against you.
If you have access to or are responsible for collecting personal information that relates to any of UKCWC’s colleagues (employees, volunteers, trustees, advisors, students, etc.), the above guidelines should be strictly adhered to.
As a member of UKCWC, you need to be aware that UKCWC will hold details pertinent to your membership on file as part of its member records. This may include sensitive information. This information may be processed for administrative or legal purposes or as required by your continued membership. This may include passing certain data to third parties such as government authorities, suppliers or contractor organisations supplying services which require the use or creation of member data. Your data may also be used in emergency situations, to protect the legal interests and other rights of , UKCWC or in other situations where you have consented to the disclosure of such information.
The following are examples of information which may be retained by UKCWC as part of its membership records. The list is not exclusive or exhaustive:
- Contact names and addresses
- National Insurance information
- Employment status and name of company, title
- Training and activity records
- Details of any disciplinary investigations and proceedings
It should also be noted that UKCWC might hold the following information about you, for which disclosure will be made only when strictly necessary for the purposes set out below:
- Your health, for the purposes of compliance with our health and safety and our occupational health obligations.
- For the purposes of personnel management and administration, for example, to consider how your health affects your ability to do your work or activity, and, if you are disabled, whether you require any reasonable adjustment to be made to assist you at work.
- The administration of insurance and other related benefits in force from time to time.
- In connection with unspent convictions to enable us to assess your suitability in employment for relevant roles
UKCWC will endeavour to update member files on a regular basis. It is your responsibility to ensure that any changes in personal details are communicated in writing to UKCWC immediately, or as soon after the change as is practicable; and to inform your next of kin (or whoever you give as an emergency contact) that their details may be held on file.