Metropolitan Thames Valley (MTVH) is the trading name for Thames Valley Housing (TVH) and Metropolitan Housing Trust (MHT).
TVH and MHT are both controllers registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
1.1 This Policy sets out our commitment to protecting personal data and how we implement that commitment with regards to the collection and use of personal data in line with the legal requirements contained in the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) [¹]
1.2 We are committed to ensuring that we comply with the data protection principles and the other requirements of GDPR.
1.3 The data protection principles that we comply with as set out in GDPR are as follows:
2.1 MTVH’s policy is to ensure that everyone who has dealings with MTVH has a right to privacy and to expect that all personal information about them will be handled sensitively and with due regard to its confidentiality.
2.2 This policy covers, but is not limited to, personal data and special categories of personal data as defined by GDPR.
2.3 Personal data is defined as any information relating to an identified or identifiable living person (‘data subject’); an identifiable living 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 to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identify of that living person.
2.4 Special categories of personal data is separately defined within the GDPR and covers racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or trade union membership, processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a person’s sex life or sexual orientation.
2.5 MTVH will:
2.5.1 comply with the law regarding the protection and disclosure of information, treat all personal and sensitive organisational information as confidential.
2.5.2 not disclose personal information without the prior express consent of the individual concerned, except in the circumstances outlined below in the section on disclosure.
2.5.3 Not gain or attempt to gain access to unauthorised information.
2.6 All staff have a duty to respect confidentiality of personal information held by MTVH. In meeting this duty staff are expected to exercise judgment and common sense.
2.7 MTVH has nominated a member of staff to act as MTVH Data Protection Officer (DPO). The DPO for the MTVH Group is the Head of Governance & Compliance. All enquiries regarding data protection must be passed to the DPO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.8 The GDPR is enforced by the Information Commissioners Office which has extensive powers under the GDPR to take action against organisations which breach data protection law. This includes substantial fines as well as other regulatory action such as enforcement notices.
2.9 MTVH is also regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) which as part of the Governance and Financial Viability Standard of the Regulatory Framework, requires all registered providers of social housing to adhere to all relevant law. This includes the GDPR.
3.1 Employees and residents have a right to view personal information about themselves and their family. They are entitled to know:-
Note that “processing” is widely defined under the GDPR and includes obtaining, recording and keeping information as well as using it. MTVH will collect, maintain, process and retain such personal data as is necessary for the proper administration of its business activities. It is difficult to imagine anything which MTVH might do with personal data which would not amount to processing.
3.2 MTVH will only collect and process personal data if one or more of the conditions set out in Article 6 of the GDPR have been satisfied. The relevant conditions for TVH’s activities are:
3.3 Personal information – especially special categories personal information – about employees and residents is shared only with staff who need to know the information in order to carry out their legitimate duties. This may involve sharing information between individuals in different departments. Where appropriate, MTVH sets up protocols to clarify how this operates in practice to ensure that only those people who have a need to know are able to access personal data of employees or residents.
3.4 MTVH will only collect and process special categories personal data if one of the conditions set out in Article 9 of the GDPR or Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 2018 have been satisfied. The relevant conditions for MTVH’s activities are:
These conditions are little changed from those which applied under Schedule 3 Data Protection Act 1998 and the Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000.
4.1 In addition to their rights under this policy all of MTVH’s employees and residents and anyone else in respect of whom personal data is processed have a right to ask MTVH, under the GDPR, for personal information held about them and this section details the information they are entitled to see under the GDPR.
4.2 The rights of our employees and residents under the GDPR are set out here for completeness (see also MTVH’s Subject Access Request Procedure):
(a) be told whether personal data, of which he or she is the subject, is held in TVH’s records, or otherwise processed by MTVH; and
(b) be given a description of the personal data, the purpose for which the data is being or may be processed and the persons or classes of persons to whom the data has been or may be disclosed; and
(c) have communicated to them in an intelligible form the information constituting the personal data held about them and any available detail as to the source of that information; and
(d) be told the envisaged period for which the data will be stored or, if not possible, how it will be decided when it will be destroyed; and
(e) be informed of their right to erasure of personal data; the right to object to processing; the right to rectification of data; to restriction on processing; and the right to object to processing; and
(f) be informed of their right to complain to the ICO.
(g) know of the existence of any automated decision-making, including profiling, and in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.
5.1 MTVH reserves the right to refuse the employee or resident access to information if:
the information requested relates to non-personal details such as property records or maintenance details. The association is only obliged to provide access to personal information about the resident and sometimes about their family.
6.1 Disclosure of personal information outside MTVH will only be made with the informed express consent of the individual concerned except:
6.1.1 to comply with the law (e.g. the police, Inland Revenue, Council Tax Registration Officer, Social Security Fraud Act) or a court order
6.1.2 where there is a clear health or safety risk to an individual or members of the public, evidence of fraud against MTVH, other irregular behaviour or a matter MTVH is investigating
6.1.3 in connection with court proceedings or statutory action to enforce compliance with tenancy conditions (e.g. applications for possession or for payment of Housing Benefit direct)
6.1.4 where MTVH has entered into a formal protocol with the police or a local authority
6.1.5 providing the name, address and contact number of a resident to contractors or other agents providing services on MTVH’s behalf
6.1.6 providing the name of a resident and the date of occupancy to gas, electricity and water companies
6.1.7 providing information anonymously for bona fide statistical or research purposes, provided it is not possible to identify the individuals to whom the information relates
6.1.8 giving the name, address and stated local connection of applicants for housing to parish councils who are partners in exceptions planning agreements for housing which gives priority to people with a local connection
6.1.9 information required by the Regulator of Social Housing when monitoring MTVH’s activities in its capacity as the regulator of housing associations.
6.1.10 the names of contractors invited to tender for works and the amounts tendered will be made available to residents paying service charges to which the cost of the works will be charged (Section 20 Landlord and Resident Act 1985, as amended)
7.1 An employee, resident, former resident or applicant for housing may challenge the information held by MTVH on their particular file if they feel it to be incorrect and can provide evidence to support this.
7.2 The right of rectification under the GDPR (Article 16) entitles the data subject to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, the data subject shall have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.
8.1 Under the GDPR the rights of data subjects are extended to give individuals more protection and greater control over their personal information.
8.2 The right to erasure is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’. This enables an employee or resident to request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing by MTVH.
8.3 The right to erasure does not provide an absolute ‘right to be forgotten’. Individuals only have a right to erasure where:
8.4 MTVH can refuse to deal with a request to erase where the personal data is processed for the following reasons:
Restriction on processing
8.5 A data subject has the right to require a controller to stop processing his/her personal data. When processing is restricted, MTVH are allowed to store the personal data, but not further process it.
8.6 MTVH will be required to restrict the processing of personal data in the following circumstances:
8.7 We must inform individuals when we decide to remove the restriction giving the reasons why.
Objection to processing
8.8 Individuals have the right to object to processing based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public tasks/exercise of official authority; direct marketing (including profiling); and processing for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics.
8.9 The only category relevant to MTVH is where we process personal data for the purposes of our legitimate interests. In that case, where an individual (resident or employee) objects, we must stop processing the personal data unless:
Withdrawal of consent
8.10 An individual has the right to withdraw consent at any time.
8.11 If the basis on which personal information is being processed is the consent of the individual, then that processing must stop.
8.12 It may be that another reason for processing can be relied on such as legitimate interests.
8.13 In practice a withdrawal of consent is likely to be accompanied by a request to erase in which case MTVH will need to rely on one of the other exceptions to erasure e.g. overriding legitimate interest.
9.1 This policy will be reviewed from time to time to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of MTVH and is in line with current legislation.
|Company Name||Abbreviated Company Name||Legal Status|
|Metropolitan Thames Valley||MTVH||Trading Name|
|Thames Valley Housing Association||TVH||Parent Company|
|Metropolitan Housing Trust||MHT||Subsidiary of TVH|