Healogics Data Privacy and Protection Policy
1 Background, Purpose and Scope
The UK Data Protection Act 1998 has been superseded by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to be enforced from 25th May 2018. At a minimum, Healogics must ensure data protection standards within the company meet these regulations.
This Policy may be amended as and when further guidance is published. This Policy should refer (and ideally provide links) to more detailed GDPR guidance notes on specific topics referred to within it to ensure employees understand how to implement the principles and apply them in practice.
- sets out how the Healogics Group (”we”, “our”, “us”, “the Company”) handles the Personal Data of our customers, suppliers, employees, workers and other third parties;
- applies to all Personal Data we process regardless of the media on which that data is stored or whether it relates to past or present employees, workers, customers, clients or supplier contacts, shareholders, website users or any other Data Subject;
- applies to all Company Personnel (”you”, “your”);
- sets out what we expect from you in order for the Company to comply with applicable law. Your compliance with this Policy is mandatory. Related Policies are available to help you interpret and act in accordance with this Policy. You must also comply with all such Related Policies.
This Policy (together with Related Policies) is an internal document and cannot be shared with third parties, clients or regulators without prior authorisation from the Information Governance Senior Management Team.
You must read, understand and comply with this Policy when Processing Personal Data on our behalf and attend training on its requirements.
Any breach of this Policy may result in disciplinary action.
The policy applies to all Healogics personnel irrespective of status, including temporary staff, contractors, consultants, and third parties whom have access to Healogics data and systems.
There may be circumstances where it is not possible to fully apply the policy in which case a risk assessment should be conducted in accordance with the Risk Management process.
2 Statement of Policy
We adhere to the principles relating to Processing of Personal Data which require Personal Data to be:
Processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner, i.e. (Lawfulness, Fairness and Transparency).
2.1 Lawfulness and Fairness
The GDPR restricts our actions regarding Personal Data to specified lawful purposes to ensure that we Process Personal Data fairly and without adversely affecting the Data Subject. Consequently, the GDPR allows Processing in specific circumstances, which are set out below:
- the Data Subject has given his or her Consent;
- the Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the Data Subject;
- to meet our legal compliance obligations.;
- to protect the Data Subject’s vital interests; or
- to pursue our legitimate interests for purposes where they are not overridden because the Processing prejudices the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of Data Subjects.
You must identify and document in a Privacy Notice the legal ground being relied on for each Processing activity.
Consent to Processing:
- is given if the Data Subject indicates agreement freely and clearly either by a statement or other positive action;
- requires affirmative action so silence, pre-ticked boxes or inactivity are unlikely to be sufficient. If Consent is given in a document which deals with other matters, then the Consent must be kept separate from those other matters;
- must be easily withdrawable by the Data Subject at any time and withdrawal must be promptly honoured;
- may need to be refreshed if you intend to Process Personal Data for a different and incompatible purpose which was not disclosed when the Data Subject first consented.
Unless you can rely on another legal basis of Processing, Explicit Consent – which is a very clear and specific statement (that is, not just action) - is usually required for Processing Sensitive Personal Data, for Automated Decision-Making and for cross border data transfers.
Usually you are likely to be relying on another legal basis (and not require Explicit Consent) to Process most types of Sensitive Personal Data. However, where Explicit Consent is required, you must issue a Fair Processing Notice to the Data Subject to capture Explicit Consent.
You will need to evidence Consent received and keep records of all Consents so that the Company can demonstrate compliance with Consent requirements.
2.3 Transparency (Notifying Data Subjects)
Whenever you collect Personal Data directly from Data Subjects, including for human resources or employment purposes, you must notify the Data Subject of:
- the identity of the Company, as Data Controller;
- how and why you will use, Process, disclose, protect and retain that Personal Data;
- the period for which such data is stored or, if that is not possible, how that period is determined;
- the requirement for the provision of Personal Data – whether it is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract, as well as whether the Data Subject is obliged to provide the Personal Data and of the possible consequences of failure to provide such data;
- the existence of the rights set out at paragraph 3.8 below.
Notification is carried out through the Privacy Notice which must be presented when the Data Subject first provides the Personal Data.
When Personal Data is collected indirectly (for example, from a third party or publicly available source), you must provide the Data Subject with all the information required above as soon as possible after collecting/receiving the data. You must also check that the Personal Data was collected by the third party in accordance with the GDPR and on a basis which contemplates our proposed Processing of that Personal Data.
2.4 Purpose Limitation
(Collected only for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes)
- You cannot use Personal Data for new, different or incompatible legitimate purposes from that specified when it was first obtained unless you have informed the Data Subject of the new purposes and they have Consented where necessary.
2.5 Data Minimisation
(Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which it is Processed)
- You may only collect and/or Process Personal Data when performing your job duties requires it and not for any reason unrelated to your job duties.
- DO NOT collect excessive data - any Personal Data collected should be adequate, relevant and only for the intended purposes.
(Accurate and kept up to date)
- You must ensure that the Personal Data you use and hold is accurate, complete, kept up to date and relevant to the purpose for which you collected it.
- You must check the accuracy of any Personal Data at the point of collection and at regular intervals afterwards.
- You must take all reasonable steps to destroy or amend inaccurate or out-of-date Personal Data.
2.7 Storage Limitation
(Kept in a form which does not permit identification of Data Subjects for longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the data is Processed)
- You must not keep Personal Data in a form which permits the identification of the Data Subject for longer than needed for the legitimate business purpose or purposes for which you originally collected it, including for the purpose of satisfying any legal, accounting or reporting requirements.
- You must ensure that when Personal Data is no longer needed for the specified purpose(s), it is erased from our systems or Anonymised in accordance with guidance in the Company’s Data Handling Policy.
2.8 Security Integrity and Confidentiality
(Processed in a manner that ensures its security)
- You are responsible for protecting the Personal Data you hold. You must exercise particular care in protecting Sensitive Personal Data from loss and unauthorised access, use or disclosure.
- You must maintain data security by protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Personal Data, defined as follows:
- Confidentiality means that only people who have a need to know and are authorised to use the Personal Data can access it;
- Integrity means that Personal Data is accurate and suitable for the purpose for which it is processed;
- Availability means that authorised users are able to access the Personal Data when they need it for authorised purposes.
We have developed, implemented and will maintain appropriate technical and organisational safeguards and measures (including use of encryption and Anonymisation where applicable) to secure Personal Data against unauthorised or unlawful Processing, and against accidental loss, destruction or damage. We will regularly evaluate and test the effectiveness of those safeguards to ensure security of our Processing of Personal Data.
- You must fully comply with and not attempt to circumvent the administrative, physical and technical procedures and safeguards we put in place to maintain the security of all Personal Data and other Company information from the point of collection to the point of destruction.
You may only transfer Personal Data to third-party service providers who agree to put adequate measures in place that comply with policies and procedures substantially in the form of our Third Party Transfer Policy.
2.9 Transfer Limitation
(Transferred to another country only if appropriate safeguards are in place)
- You may only transfer Personal Data outside the EEA if one of the following conditions applies:
- the Data Subject has provided Explicit Consent to the proposed transfer after being informed of any potential risks;
- the European Commission has issued a decision confirming that the country to which we transfer the Personal Data ensures an adequate level of protection for the Data Subjects’ rights and freedoms – for a list of recognised countries please refer to https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/justice-and-fundamental-rights/data-protection/data-transfers-outside-eu/adequacy-protection-personal-data-non-eu-countries_en;
- appropriate safeguards are in place such as standard contractual clauses approved by the ICO, which can be obtained from the Data Protection Officer;
- the transfer is necessary for one of the other reasons set out in the GDPR including the performance of a contract between us and the Data Subject, reasons of public interest, to establish, exercise or defend legal claims or to protect the vital interests of the Data Subject where the Data Subject is physically or legally incapable of giving Consent and, in some limited cases, for our legitimate interest.
You must comply with the Company’s Guidelines on Cross Border Data Transfers.
2.10 Data subject’s rights and requests
(Made available to Data Subjects)
When it comes to how we handle their Personal Data, Data Subjects have rights which include the right to:
- withdraw Consent to Processing at any time;
- receive certain information about the Data Controller’s Processing activities;
- request access to their Personal Data that we hold;
- prevent our use of their Personal Data for direct marketing purposes;
- ask us to erase Personal Data if it is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or Processed or to rectify inaccurate data or to complete incomplete data;
- restrict Processing in specific circumstances;
- challenge Processing which has been justified on the basis of our legitimate interests or in the public interest;
- request a copy of an agreement (or extract from an agreement, as appropriate), under which Personal Data is transferred outside of the EEA;
- prevent Processing that is likely to cause damage or distress to the Data Subject or anyone else;
- be notified of a Personal Data Breach which is likely to result in high risk to their rights and freedoms;
- object to decisions based solely on Automated Processing, including profiling (ADM);
- make a complaint to the appointed supervisory authority, i.e. ICO; and
- in limited circumstances, receive or ask for their Personal Data to be transferred to a third party in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
You must immediately forward any Data Subject request you receive to the Data Protection Officer who will verify the identity of any individual requesting data under any of the rights listed above and initiate the Company’s Data Subject response process. DO NOT allow third parties to persuade you into disclosing Personal Data without proper authorisation from your Data Protection Officer.
It is the policy of Healogics that it is not required to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) as designated in GDPR Article 37(1), but recognises that it is obliged to carry out the functions of the DPO through assigned individual or group responsibilities, together the (Acting) Data Protection Officer and the Information Governance Senior Management Team.
Refer: Information Governance Senior Management Team Guidance
We have resources and controls in place to ensure and to document GDPR compliance including:
- the appointment of (Acting) Data Protection Officer and the Information Governance Senior Management Team directly reportable to the Managing Director;
- implementing appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure compliance with the GDPR when Processing Personal Data and completing DPIAs where Processing presents a high risk to rights and freedoms of Data Subjects;
- integrating data protection into internal documents including this Policy, Related Policies, Privacy Notices;
- regular training of Company Personnel on this Policy, Related Policies and data protection matters including, for example, Data Subject’s rights, Consent, legal basis, DPIA and Personal Data Breaches; and
- regularly testing the privacy measures implemented and conducting periodic reviews and audits to assess compliance, including using results of testing to demonstrate compliance improvement effort.
4 Training and Audit
All Company Personnel will be required to undergo mandatory data privacy related training which the Company will provide periodically.
The Company maintains a record of training attendance by Company Personnel.
You must regularly review all the systems and processes under your control to ensure they comply with this Policy and check that adequate governance controls and resources are in place to ensure proper use and protection of Personal Data.
5 Sharing Personal Data
You may only share the Personal Data we hold with third parties, such as our service providers if:
- they have a need to know the information for the purposes of providing the contracted services;
- sharing the Personal Data complies with the Privacy Notice provided to the Data Subject and, if required, the Data Subject’s Consent has been obtained;
- the third party has agreed to comply with the required data security standards, policies and procedures and put adequate security measures in place;
- the transfer complies with any applicable cross border transfer restrictions; and
- a fully executed written contract that contains our approved third-party clauses has been obtained. (Available through the Data Protection Officer)
The Personal Data we hold may only be shared with Company Personnel (which includes our ultimate holding company along with its subsidiaries) if the recipient has a job-related need to
know the information and the transfer complies with any applicable cross-border transfer restrictions.
6 Reporting a Personal Data Breach
Procedures are in place to deal with any suspected Personal Data Breach and Data Subjects or any applicable regulator will be notified where we are legally required to do so.
If you know or suspect that a Personal Data Breach has occurred, DO NOT attempt to investigate the matter yourself. Immediately contact the Data Protection Officer and/or your Manager in accordance with the Data Breach Process.
Refer: Data Breach Policy and Data Breach Template.
You should preserve all evidence relating to the potential Personal Data Breach.
7 Direct Marketing
A Data Subject’s prior consent is required for electronic direct marketing (for example, by email, text or automated calls).
The limited exception for existing customers known as “soft opt in” allows you to send marketing texts or emails if you have obtained contact details in the course of a sale to that person, you are marketing similar products or services, and you gave that person an opportunity to opt out of marketing when first collecting the details and in every subsequent message.
The right to object to direct marketing must be explicitly offered to the Data Subject in an intelligible manner so that it is clearly distinguishable from other information.
You must promptly honour a Data Subject’s objection to direct marketing. If a client opts out at any time, their details should be suppressed as soon as possible. Suppression involves retaining just enough information to ensure that marketing preferences are respected in the future.
8 Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)
A DPIA should be conducted (and findings discussed with your division data manager) when implementing major system or business change programs involving the Processing of Personal Data including:
- use of new technologies (programs, systems or processes), or changing technologies (programs, systems or processes);
- large scale Processing of Sensitive Data; and
- large scale, systematic monitoring of a publicly accessible area.
- Automated Processing including profiling and Automated Decision Making (ADM)
DPIAs must include:
- a description of the Processing, its purposes and the Data Controller’s legitimate interests if appropriate;
- an assessment of the necessity and proportionality of the Processing in relation to its purpose;
- an assessment of the risk to individuals; and
- the risk mitigation measures in place and demonstration of compliance.
Refer: PIA and Data Protection Impact Assessment Policy
9 Roles and Responsibilities
All personnel have a responsibility to adhere to the policy regardless of their status.
All personnel including contractors and third parties have a direct responsibility to escalate to the Data Protection Officer and the Manager responsible for the relevant area of the business any suspicion of a data breach immediately they become aware of it.
All managers are directly responsible for implementing the policy and standards within their functional areas, and for adherence by their staff.
The Information Governance Senior Management Team has direct responsibility for managing a data breach and for communicating with the supervisory authority in addition to managing the process of communicating with any affected data subjects.
The Information Governance Senior Management Team has direct responsibility for maintaining this policy and providing advice on implementation.
Appendix A - Definitions
Anonymisation or Anonymised: replacing information that directly or indirectly identifies an individual with one or more artificial identifiers or pseudonyms so that the person, to whom the data relates, cannot be identified without the use of additional information which is meant to be kept separately and secure.
Automated Decision-Making (ADM): when a decision is made which is based solely on Automated Processing (including profiling) which produces legal effects or significantly affects an individual. The GDPR prohibits ADM (unless certain conditions are met) but not Automated Processing.
Automated Processing: any form of automated processing of Personal Data consisting of the use of Personal Data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to an individual, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that individual’s performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements. Profiling is an example of Automated Processing.
Company Personnel: all our directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors and consultants (insofar as they are performing roles within the business that have, or may have, access to Personal Data).
Data Controller: the Company is the Data Controller of all Personal Data relating to our Company Personnel and Personal Data used in our business for our own commercial purposes because we determine when, why and how to process Personal Data and are responsible for establishing practices and policies in line with the GDPR.
Data Subject: a living, identified or identifiable individual about whom we hold Personal Data. Data Subjects may be nationals or residents of any country and may have legal rights regarding their Personal Data.
DPIA: data privacy impact assessment tools used to identify and reduce risks of a data processing activity. DPIA should be conducted for all major system or business change programs involving the Processing of Personal Data.
EEA: the 28 countries in the EU, and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
GDPR: the EU General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) - Personal Data is subject to the legal safeguards specified in the GDPR.
Personal Data: any information identifying a Data Subject or information relating to a Data Subject that we can identify (directly or indirectly) from that data alone or in combination with other identifiers we possess or can reasonably access. Personal Data includes Sensitive Personal Data and Anonymised Personal Data but excludes anonymous data or data that has had the identity of an individual permanently removed. Personal data can be factual (for example, a name, email address, location or date of birth) or an opinion about that person’s actions or behaviour.
Personal Data Breach: any act or omission that compromises the security, confidentiality, integrity or availability of Personal Data or the physical, technical, administrative or organisational safeguards that we or our third-party service providers put in place to protect it. The loss, or unauthorised access, disclosure or acquisition, of Personal Data is a Personal Data Breach.
Processing or Process: any activity that involves the use of Personal Data. It includes obtaining, recording or holding the data, or carrying out any operation or set of operations on the data including organising, amending, retrieving, using, disclosing, erasing or destroying it. Processing also includes transmitting or transferring Personal Data to third parties.
Related Policies: the Company’s policies, operating procedures or processes related to this Policy and designed to protect Personal Data, available here: Data Breach Policy; Data Subject Access Request Policy; Data Handling Policy; Data Security Policy; Guidance on Cross Border Transfers; Third Party Policy.
Special Category Personal Data: information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health conditions, sexual life, sexual orientation, biometric or genetic data, and Personal Data relating to criminal offences and convictions.