This Privacy Notice sets out details about the way we process personal data that we collect from you and others and how we may use your information.
The British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) represents the UK Parliament in the global body of parliaments, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). In this notice and any linked information, references to ‘us’, ‘our’ or ‘we’ are to BGIPU. The Director of BGIPU is the Controller of any personal data processed as described in this Privacy Notice. If you have any questions about the use of your personal data, please contact us:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone – 0207 219 3011
Post – BGIPU, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0AA
Collection of your personal data
We will collect, store and use the personal data provided by you so that we can manage our relationship with our membership (comprising all members of the UK Parliament's two chambers, the House of Commons and the House of Lords) and other partner organisations or the contract between us and our Secretariat employees. We may also collect personal data from other sources for purposes such as references, security clearance, health and wellbeing or from other parties acting on your behalf. During the course of your employment or work at BGIPU, we will also generate information about you ourselves.
This notice is to inform you about what information we process about you and the ways in which we intend to use it. This notice applies to information we use throughout your time with the BGIPU, including any future changes to details we currently hold. To ensure we keep your information up to date and accurate it is important that you notify us of any changes to your personal details as soon as they are known.
Types of personal data
The information we will collect may include:
We may collect this information in a variety of ways through application forms or other documents you complete or provide, from correspondence with you or through interviews, meetings or other assessments. In some cases, we may collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers or information from employment background check providers.
Use of your personal data
The lawful basis for collecting and using the personal data will depend on the specific reason we have collected it for. We will collect personal data from you for the following reasons:
BGIPU only holds personal data relating to our Officers and Executive Committee, other UK parliamentarians who are members of the group, our employees and some official contacts, including international counterparts or official contacts made in the course of delivering BGIPU's formal activities.
BGIPU only collects the data required for authorised employment purposes or as required for the participation of members in our activities and events, essentially to organise delegation travel or other engagement for inter-parliamentary purposes. We also collect some data in seeking feedback from participants or through the participation of others in public events we organise as part of our programme of activities.
Storage and retention of your personal data
BGIPU will retain your personal data for as long as is necessary for the purpose it was collected, i.e. for the duration of your contract or your time working with us, or longer if it is needed, for pension purposes as an example. We will hold your personal data in compliance with our usual records disposal practice procedures.
Disclosure and sharing of your personal data
As part of your employment or time working with us we will need to use and share your personal data internally. We will only disclose your personal data to third parties outside BGIPU where we have a lawful basis or legal obligation for doing so. This will include with third parties who represent counterpart organisations or which provide services in support of our work such as IT processors, travel companies, pension funds or organisations and government departments where we are legally obliged to provide your personal data, such as HMRC.
We may also share your personal data with other organisations where there is a lawful basis for doing so, such as the IPU, the House of Commons or House of Lords administrations for the provision of common services to you or to overseas counterpart parliaments or governments across the globe in connection with official BGIPU activities. BGIPU will not share your information for any commercial marketing purposes.
BGIPU recognises the importance of protecting personal and confidential information and we take due care to meet our legal duties and obligations. BGIPU has sought to ensure that its small number of external data processors (IT support, financial & insurance institutions and service providers) have in place all reasonable technical, security and procedural controls required to protect personal data for as long as we are required we hold that information.
We will ensure you can exercise your rights in relation to the personal data you provide to us, as follows:
You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the supervisory authority, about our collection and use of your personal data. They can be contacted at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or on their website below: