Privacy notice

When you provide us with your personal data we will tell you what we will be using it for (the purpose) and who it will be shared with, if this is appropriate. We will share your personal data within the council where it is appropriate to do this.

If the data we hold about you is more sensitive such as information about your racial or ethnic origin, your physical or mental health, your sexual health, or any offences, we will carefully consider the reason why we are sharing and we will only do this if it is to protect you, for your well-being or to provide you with services that will help you. Where we can, we will ask you if we can share this type of data.

We will only keep your personal data for as long as is necessary and we will dispose of it in a secure manner. The different retention periods for information are in our corporate retention schedule.

Blackpool Council corporate retention schedule [PDF 253KB] 

Blackpool Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on forms for services such as benefits, council tax, licensing applications, creditors, HR and recruitment, care services or the housing waiting list, and for the prevention and detections of fraud.

We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information see Your data and the National Fraud Initiative page or contact

We are responsible for the public health service in Blackpool and use personal information that can identify individuals and anonymised information which does not identify individuals and where identification is not likely to take place. For more information on this see the birth and death data privacy notice.

When we share information we will only do this where the other agency or organisation has suitable measures and policies in place to protect your information. 

We do not share your information for marketing purposes without your permission.

Rights to stop processing or opt-out

You have a number of rights under the Data Protection Act including the right to request that the council stops any processing your personal data if this is likely to cause you substantial damage or distress and this would be unwarranted.

You should be aware that this may cause a delay or prevent us providing services to you and we can only stop processing your personal data if we do not have a legal duty to continue the processing.

You can also request that we do not process your personal data for any purpose other than the one that we collected it for even if the other purpose is similar.

If you wish to opt-out, you must write to us at or DPA, PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, and we will discuss this with you.

If you would like more information on your rights you can find this on the Information Commissioner's website at