Website privacy policy

Online council services

We do not automatically capture your personal information when you visit our website unless the information is volunteered.

We only collect personal data when you:

  • complete an online form
  • you send an email to the council

Non-personal information Click to get info

You can use our website without disclosing personal data. This may be done by not using an online form or service, or by not sending us emails.

We only use non-personal information to:

  • make the website as responsive to your needs as possible
  • know how you use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques to help us improve the website

Non-personal information is recorded automatically in two ways:

  • By the web server that powers this website (which records the pages visited by an individual, the user's IP address, the time of the visit, and the order of pages viewed)
  • By Google Analytics (which uses ‘cookies’ to help analyse how people are using the web site.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google').

Google Analytics uses cookies, to help analyse how users use the site.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. It will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

When you submit personal information to us, you are consenting to that information being used by us for the purpose of that service.

All our employees and processors who have access to, or process your personal data are obliged to respect your confidentiality. Information will not be passed onto third parties unless you grant permission.

The information will only be used for the purpose it was collected for.

We may pass your details on to third party service providers who are contracted by us to deliver services on our behalf in the course of dealing with your request. These third parties are obliged to keep your details securely and will use them only to fulfil the request. They will dispose of the information at the appropriate time.

Your rights Click to get info

If you do not wish certain information about you to be exchanged within the council, you can request that this does not happen.

The council will only disclose your information if it is lawful to do so in accordance with the principles under the Data Protection Act 1998.

The council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other organisations in order to prevent fraud.

Get more information on fair processing

We use a secure, encrypted transmission method to protect the information you send to us via the website.

All our employees and contractors with access to your personal data are obliged to respect the confidentiality of that data.

We ensure that your personal data will not be disclosed to government institutions and authorities except if required by law or other regulation, or as stated on individual forms.

Sending us an email Click to get info

Please note that the transmission of information by email to us is not a secure process and should not be used to send confidential information.

The use of our email system may be monitored and messages read in order to secure effective operation of the system and for other lawful purposes.

External links Click to get info

Our site contains links to other websites. This privacy policy applies only to our website. When you go to another site you should read their privacy statement.

Legal definitions Click to get info

In terms of the Data Protection Act 1998, Waltham Forest Council is the data controller of personal data (information relating to identifiable living individuals) collected or obtained by or through this website.

Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The council is registered with the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 and as a data controller registration number 5492675.

Changes Click to get info

If this privacy statement changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page.