If you use the site without logging in, we collect and log some information about your visit, in order to analyse and fix problems with the site. Our webserver logs collect information about requests, including your IP address, data submitted (which might include your email address when you log on to the site), request date and time, page requested, browser version and referrer. We routinely keep this information for 28 days. Note that in normal circumstances, this data is infrequently accessed by a human, and when it is, they are likely to be assessing it in bulk, in order to understand an issue with the site, rather than at a granular level of individual users.
We use Google Analytics software to collect non-personally-identifiable information about how you use the site. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. We do not allow Google Analytics to store cookies on your device. IP addresses are masked (only a portion is stored) and personal information is only reported in aggregate. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data for any purpose besides providing us with analytics information.
If you log into a personal account on the site (to enable personalised features such as access to members-only content) we store your name, organisation, email address, and a hash of your chosen password, in order to manage your access to the personalised features. We may also use this email address to send you occasional important messages about the service, or your account on it. When you log in, your email address may also be stored in our webserver logs for up to 28 days, as mentioned above. We store a cookie on your device, to keep you logged in over subsequent page loads and visits.
A number of the datasets we collect and provide on the Local Intelligence Hub include public domain information about MPs – things like MPs’ names, photos, election majorities, parliamentary group memberships, and social media handles. The sources of this data are listed here.
When you request a personal account on the site, you are consenting to the processes as described on this page. The legal basis is GDPR 6(1)(a) Consent of the data subject.
If you are an MP, and your information has been used on the site, this is being stored under the legal basis of GDPR 6(1)(f) Legitimate interests. In our assessment, this is already public information about MPs, with a minimal privacy impact, being used in a way that MPs should reasonably expect, to provide a public benefit – transparency on what MPs do as part of their public role.
In all cases listed above, we retain your personal data until such a time as it is removed from our upstream data sources (listed here) or you ask us to remove your details.
If you have a personal account on the site, the personal details associated with your account (see above) are accessible only to three charities that run the site – The Climate Coalition, mySociety, and Green Alliance – and will only be used for the specific purpose of running the Local Intelligence Hub. We don’t share this personal data with any other charity, public body, or commercial organisation, unless you give us permission to do so, or we have to do so for legal or compliance reasons.
You may ask to see what personal data we hold about you, at any time. Please email us to request this.
You may request that we destroy the personal data that we hold about you. Please email us to request this.
If you believe that we have mishandled your data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can report a concern here (but do please email us first, so that we can try and help).