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Swift Counselling, Coaching and Conflict Resolution
Data Retention Policy
May 21 2018


1. Introduction
This Policy sets out the obligations of Swift Counselling, trading under a Limited Comany Marilyn Tew & Partners Ltd, whose address is Ailsa Craig, Greens Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 0RJ, regarding retention of personal data collected, held, and processed by the company in accordance with EU Regulation 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
The GDPR defines “personal data” as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (a “data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of that natural person.
The GDPR also addresses “special category” personal data (also known as “sensitive” personal data). Such data includes, but is not necessarily limited to, data concerning the data subject’s race, ethnicity, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (if used for ID purposes), health, sex life, or sexual orientation.
Under the GDPR, personal data shall be kept in a form which permits the identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data is processed. In certain cases, personal data may be stored for longer periods where that data is to be processed for archiving purposes that are in the public interest, for scientific or historical research, or for statistical purposes (subject to the implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the GDPR to protect that data).
In addition, the GDPR includes the right to erasure or “the right to be forgotten”. Data subjects have the right to have their personal data erased (and to prevent the processing of that personal data) in the following circumstances:
a) Where the personal data is no longer required for the purpose for which it was originally collected or processed (see above);
b) When the data subject withdraws their consent;
c) When the data subject objects to the processing of their personal data and the Company has no overriding legitimate interest;
d) When the personal data is processed unlawfully (i.e. in breach of the GDPR);
e) When the personal data has to be erased to comply with a legal obligation; or
f) Where the personal data is processed for the provision of information society services to a child.
This Policy sets out the type(s) of personal data held by the Comany for the purpose of providing therapy to clients, or for supervision of other therapists working in the NHS or in private practice, the period(s) for which that personal data is to be retained, the criteria for establishing and reviewing such period(s), and when and how it is to be deleted or otherwise disposed of.
For further information on other aspects of data protection and compliance with the GDPR, please refer to the Company’s Data Protection Policy.

2. Aims and Objectives
2.1 The primary aim of this Policy is to set out limits for the retention of personal data and to ensure that those limits, as well as further data subject rights to erasure, are complied with. By extension, this Policy aims to ensure that the Partnership complies fully with its obligations and the rights of data subjects under the GDPR.
2.2 In addition to safeguarding the rights of data subjects under the GDPR, by ensuring that excessive amounts of data are not retained by the Partnership, this Policy also aims to improve the speed and efficiency of managing data.

3. Scope
3.1 This Policy applies to all personal data held by the Company.
3.2 Personal data, as held by the Company is stored in the following ways and in the following locations:
a) Computers permanently located in the Partnership’s premises at Ailsa Craig, Greens Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 0RJ;
b) Physical handwritten or typed records stored in Filing Cabinets at Ailsa Craig

4. Data Subject Rights and Data Integrity
All personal data held by the Company is held in accordance with the requirements of the GDPR and data subjects’ rights thereunder, as set out in the Company’s Data Protection Policy.
4.1 Data subjects are kept fully informed of their rights, of what personal data the Company holds about them, how that personal data is used [as set out in Parts 12 and 13 of the Company’s Data Protection Policy], and how long the Trader will hold that personal data.
4.2 Data subjects are given control over their personal data held by the Company including the right to have incorrect data rectified, the right to request that their personal data be deleted or otherwise disposed of (notwithstanding the retention periods otherwise set by this Data Retention Policy), the right to restrict the Company’s use of their personal data, [the right to data portability,] and further rights relating to automated decision-making and profiling [as set out in Parts 14 to 20 of the Trader’s Data Protection Policy].

5. Technical and Organisational Data Security Measures
5.1 The following technical measures are in place to protect the security of personal data. Please refer to Parts 22 to 26 of the Company’s Data Protection Policy for further details:
a) All emails containing personal data must be encrypted;
b) All emails containing personal data must be marked “confidential”;
c) Personal data may only be transmitted over secure networks;
d) Personal data may not be transmitted over a wireless network if there is a reasonable wired alternative;
e) Personal data contained in the body of an email, whether sent or received, should be copied from the body of that email and stored securely or deleted as needed. The email itself and associated temporary files should be deleted;
f) Where personal data is to be transferred in hardcopy form, it should be passed directly to the recipient or sent using the normal postal Service and marked “confidential”;
g) No personal data may be shared informally and if access is required to any personal data, such access should be formally requested from the Company;
h) All hardcopies of personal data, along with any electronic copies stored on physical media should be stored securely;
i) No personal data may be transferred to any agents, contractors, or other parties, whether such parties are working on behalf of the Company or not, without authorisation;
j) Personal data must be handled with care at all times and should not be left unattended or on view;
k) Computers used to view personal data must always be locked before being left unattended;
l) No personal data should be stored on any mobile device, whether such device belongs to the Company or otherwise;
m) All personal data stored electronically should be backed up annually with back-ups stored off site. All backups should be encrypted;
n) All electronic copies of personal data should be stored securely using passwords and encryption;
o) All passwords used to protect personal data should be changed regularly and must be secure;
p) Under no circumstances should any passwords be written down or shared. If a password is forgotten, it must be reset using the applicable method;
q) All software should be kept up-to-date. Security-related updates should be installed as soon as reasonably possible after becoming available;
r) No software may be installed on any Trader-owned computer or device without approval; and
s) No personal data held by the Trader is used for marketing purposes.

5.2 The following organisational measures are in place to protect the security of personal data. Please refer to Part 27 of the Company’s Data Protection Policy for further details:
a) All parties working on behalf of the Company shall be made fully aware of both their individual responsibilities and the Company’s responsibilities under the GDPR and under the Company’s Data Protection Policy;
b) Only the Company will have access to, and use of, personal data in order to perform their work;
c) Methods of collecting, holding, and processing personal data shall be regularly evaluated and reviewed;

6. Data Disposal
Upon the expiry of the data retention periods set out below in Part 7 of this Policy, or when a data subject exercises their right to have their personal data erased, personal data shall be deleted, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of as follows:
6.1 Personal data stored electronically (including any and all backups thereof) shall be deleted using the overwrite method;
6.2 Special category personal data stored electronically (including any and all backups thereof) shall be deleted using the overwrite method;
6.3 Personal data stored in hardcopy form shall be burnt to ashes and used in composting;
6.4 Special category personal data stored in hardcopy form shall be burnt and ashes recycled as above

7. Data Retention
7.1 As stated above, and as required by law, the Partnership shall not retain any personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the purpose(s) for which that data is collected, held, and processed.
7.2 Different types of personal data, used for different purposes, will necessarily be retained for different periods (and its retention periodically reviewed), as set out below.
7.3 When establishing and/or reviewing retention periods, the following shall be taken into account:
a) The objectives and requirements of the Company;
b) The type of personal data in question;
c) The purpose(s) for which the data in question is collected, held, and processed;
d) The Company’s legal basis for collecting, holding, and processing that data;
e) The category or categories of data subject to whom the data relates;
7.4 Notwithstanding the following defined retention periods, certain personal data may be deleted or otherwise disposed of prior to the expiry of its defined retention period where a decision is made to do so (whether in response to a request by a data subject or otherwise).
7.5 In limited circumstances, it may also be necessary to retain personal data for longer periods where such retention is for archiving purposes that are in the public interest, for scientific or historical research purposes, or for statistical purposes. All such retention will be subject to the implementation of appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the rights and freedoms of data subjects, as required by the GDPR.




8. Roles and Responsibilities
8.1 The Company’s Data Protection Officer is Paul Tew contactable at the Company’s address
8.2 The Data Protection Officer shall be responsible for overseeing the implementation of this Policy and for monitoring compliance with this Policy, other Data Protection-related policies (including, but not limited to, its Data Protection Policy), and with the GDPR and other applicable data protection legislation.
8.3 The Data Protection Officer shall be directly responsible for ensuring compliance with the above data retention periods
8.4 Any questions regarding this Policy, the retention of personal data, or any other aspect of GDPR compliance should be referred to the Data Protection Officer.

9. Implementation of Policy
This Policy shall be deemed effective as of May 18 2018. No part of this Policy shall have retroactive effect and shall thus apply only to matters occurring on or after this date.

This Policy has been approved and authorised by:
Name: Paul Tew
Position: Data Protection Officer
Date: May 18th 2018
Due for Review by: May 18 2019

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