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Privacy notice

We will handle your data in accordance with Data Protection legislation. The results collected will be used for research and statistical purposes only. Your answers will be put together with the answers collected from the thousands of other people who take part and the survey findings will be published in a report.

 

What will happen to any information I give?

We will handle your data in accordance with Data Protection legislation. The results collected will be used for research and statistical purposes only. Your answers will be put together with the answers collected from the thousands of other people who take part and the survey findings will be published in a report. Your personal details will be removed so that the findings we publish will not identify you.

A copy of the dataset, excluding any personal details, will be archived at the UK Data Archive and made available for registered users to analyse. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will also publish a reduced version, excluding any personal details, of the data on their website.

 

Who has access to my data?

The data controller is the FSA and the data processor is NatCen Social Research. Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are data processors in Northern Ireland.

Please note that the lawful basis for processing data as identified by the data controller is “performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller”.

Your personal details will only be known to the team processing the results at NatCen Social Research or NISRA unless you explicitly give consent for your personal details to be passed on to the FSA so that they, or an organisation acting on their behalf, could ask you further questions about the study or invite you to take part in future research.

 

How long will you keep my data?

If you indicate that you are willing for your contact details to be provided to the FSA they will be held for two years. These details will not be linked to your responses to the survey.

 

Where is my data stored?

All personal data will be stored securely, in line with NatCen’s certification to ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus. It will be retained for no more than two years after your interview, for quality assurance purposes. We will never pass on your personal details to anyone else. You have the right to request access to your data, to amend it if it is incorrect, or that your data is deleted. You can do so by contacting foodandyou@natcen.ac.uk or calling us on Freephone 0800 652 9296.

All the personal data the FSA processes is located on servers within the European Union. Their cloud-based services have been procured through the government framework agreements and these services have been assessed against the national cyber security centre cloud security principles. No third parties have access to your personal data unless the law allows them to do so.

 

Do I have to take part?

Providing personal details and taking part in the study is not a statutory or contractual requirement, and participation is therefore completely voluntary. There will be no consequences for you as a participant if you choose not to provide personal data.

 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

For information about how to contact the Food Standards Agency’s Data Protection Officer, and to read the FSA’s data protection policy, visit www.food.gov.uk.

If you wish to lodge a complaint you can do so by contacting the Food Standards Agency on informationmanagement@food.gov.uk. If they are not able to resolve your complaint, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at www.ico.org.uk