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Right to restrict processing

Article 18 of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) gives you the right to restrict the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances. This means that you can limit the way in which we use your data. This is an alternative to requesting the erasure of your data. 

You may wish to exercise this right because you have issues with the content of the information we hold, or how we have processed that data. In most cases restrictions are temporary and we will inform you before the restriction is lifted. 

You can ask for a restriction of processing where one of the following applies:

  • the accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data
  • the processing is unlawful, and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests the restriction of their use instead
  • the controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, or 
  • the data subject has objected to processing their data under Article 21(1) of the GDPR, and the controller is considering whether their legitimate grounds override those of the data subject

As a matter of good practice, the council will endeavour to automatically restrict processing of your personal data whilst it deals with your objections or any requests to erase, rectify or complete. 

The council may use a number of methods to restrict the processing of your data. We will always inform you of how we intend to do this. Once the restriction is in place, the data will not be processed in any way except to store it, unless we either have consent or if there is a legal or another important public interest that requires us to do so.

If we have shared your data with other organisations we will contact each organisation and inform them of the restriction, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.   

We can refuse to comply with a request for restriction if we consider the request to be repetitive in nature, manifestly unfounded or excessive. If we consider this to be the case, we can either simply refuse or we can charge a fee to deal with the request. In either case, we will notify you of our decision and your rights to complain to the Information Commissioner If there is a fee, your request will not be actioned until the fee has been received.

Make a request for restriction

We will respond to your request within one month. We can extend the time limit for a further two months if the request is complex or there is more than one request for the individual. 

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