Privacy Policy

Who am I?

This website is operated by Mike Rouse of 124 Patch Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 7XE. This privacy policy covers this website and my work as a Councillor.

  • For business, personal and data protection matters you can email me on mike@mikerouse.uk
  • For matters related to Redditch Borough Council you can email me on mike.rouse@redditchbc.gov.uk
  • For matters related to Redditch County Conservative Association you can email me on mike.rouse@redditchconservatives.org.uk

The website addresses that point to this website include:

  • https://www.mikerouse.co.uk
  • https://www.mikerouse.co.uk
  • http://www.mikerouse.com

This website is operated in the following capacities:

  • A Conservative & Unionist Party campaigner
  • A democratically-elected representative of Church Hill ward on Redditch Borough Council
  • An appointed Portfolio Holder for Leisure on Redditch Borough Council
  • An elected officer of Redditch County Conservative Association.

Data is collected, held and processed by Mike Rouse under ICO Registration Number ZA518164.

What personal data I collect and why

I am an Elected Member of Redditch Borough Council, representing the residents of Church Hill ward. As part of my work in the community I contact officers of the Council and other organisations on your behalf to investigate problems and provide solutions, and to answer your questions. The Data Protection Act (2018) allows me to collect and use the personal information you give me because I am helping you in my official role as your local Councillor. Under the Data Protection Act (2018) this is known as performance of a public task.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms and casework

If you fill out a form on this website the data I may collect about you might include:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Address
  • Phone Number

In some cases, to help you with certain cases, I may need to collect and store additional information, some of which may be sensitive in nature.

In addition to this website I may collect information about you in other ways, including:

  • When we meet in the community or at a surgery
  • When you telephone me or email me
  • When you send me letters
  • When you return forms I send to you
  • When you sign petitions or other complete other documents

Cookies

If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit the login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in to this website the system will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

This website uses tools like Google Analytics to provide me with usage statistics.

Who I share your data with

If you contact me with an issue it may be necessary for me to share your data with officers of the council, the MP, and other councillors as I deem appropriate. Where possible I will let you know when I have done this.

In some cases I may be legally required not to tell you about data I have shared such as in relation to police investigations.

How long I retain your data

If you have contacted me about an issue I will keep your information usually for the duration of my term of office (4 years from May 2018). If I am re-elected for additional terms I will contact you to seek permission to keep your data for longer, otherwise it will be destroyed.

If there are open cases at the end of my term of office and I am not successfully re-elected I will use my best endeavours to pass your case to a colleague in the ward who remains on the council.

I may be required to keep your data for longer if required by law or other legal obligation.

If you leave a comment on this website, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on this website (if any), it will also store the personal information you provide in your user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

My contact information

Mike Rouse
124 Patch Lane
Redditch
Worcestershire
B98 7XE
Tel: 07743125474
Email: mike@mikerouse.uk

Additional information

How we protect your data

  • Data is sorted on password-protected systems with limited access controls in place.

What data breach procedures we have in place

  • In the event of a data breach the matter is reported to the Information Commissioner’s’ Office (ICO) and dealt with according to ICO guidelines.

What third parties we receive data from

  • As a democratically-elected Councillor and authorised Conservative Party campaigner I have access to the Register of Electors (electoral roll), along with what is known as a ‘marked register’ from the local authority.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

  • There is presently no automated decision making
  • There is presently no profiling

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Even though Councillors are now exempt from registering with the ICO, I have taken the decision to register anyway because I take data protection obligations very seriously.

You can see my entry in the Data Protection Register here:
https://ico.org.uk/ESDWebPages/Entry/ZA518164