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Employee Privacy Notice

September 2023

Policy Statement

The Scouts Association is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.

This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal and special category data (“personal information”) about you during and after your working relationship with us, in accordance with the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA).

It applies to all employees, workers and contractors.

Policy Content

1.1.1 The Scouts Association is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice.

1.1.2 This notice applies to current and former employees, workers and contractors. This notice does not form part of any contract of employment or other contract to provide services. We may update this notice at any time but if we do so, we will provide you with an updated copy of this notice as soon as reasonably practical.

1.1.3 It is important that you read and retain this notice, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information and what your rights are under the data protection legislation.

We will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal information we hold about you must be:

  • Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
  • Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those
  • Accurate and kept up to date.
  • Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  • Kept securely.

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

There are certain types of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection, such as information about a person’s health or sexual orientation. Information about criminal convictions also warrants this higher level of protection.

3.1.1 We will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • Personal contact details such as name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, and personal email addresses.
  • Date of birth.
  • Gender.
  • Marital status and dependants.
  • Next of kin and emergency contact information.
  • National Insurance number.
  • Bank account details, payroll records and tax status information.
  • Salary, annual leave, pension and benefits information.
  • Start date and, if different, the date of your continuous employment.
  • Leaving date and your reason for leaving.
  • Location of employment or workplace.
  • Copy of driving licence, where appropriate.
  • Recruitment information (including copies of right to work documentation, references and other information included in a CV or cover letter or as part of the application process).
  • Employment records (including job titles, work history, working hours, holidays, training records and professional memberships).
  • Compensation history.
  • Performance information.
  • Disciplinary and grievance information.
  • CCTV footage and other information obtained through electronic means such as swipe card records.
  • Information about your use of our information and communications systems.
  • Photographs.
  • Results of HMRC employment status check, details of your interest in and connection with the intermediary through which your services are supplied.

3.1.2 We may also collect, store and use the following more sensitive types of personal information:

  • Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions.
  • Trade union membership.
  • Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records, including:
    • i. Details of any absences (other than holidays) from work including time on statutory parental leave and sick leave.
    • ii. Where you leave employment and the reason for leaving is related to your health, information about that condition needed for pensions and permanent health insurance purposes.
    • iii. Occupational Health management referral forms and reports.
  • Information about criminal convictions and offences.
  • Information related to Safeguarding.

4.1.1 We collect and process personal information about employees, workers and contactors through the application and recruitment process, either directly from candidates, via our safeguarding records as set out in our retention policy, or sometimes from an employment agency or background check  provider. We may sometimes collect additional information from third parties including former employers, the Disclosure and Barring Scheme, credit reference agencies, our Occupational Health provider, Health Professionals and  personality / psychometric assessments.

4.1.2 We may also collect personal information from the trustees or managers of pension arrangements operated by a group company.

4.1.3 We will collect additional personal information in the course of job-related activities throughout the period of you working for us.

We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use the following legal basis for processing your data:

  • Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
  • Where it is necessary for legitimate interests pursued by us or a third party and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.

We may also use your personal information in the following situations, which are likely to be rare:

  • Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests).
  • Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes.
  • Where a life is at risk.

5.1 Situations in which we will use your personal information

5.1.1 We need all the categories of information in the list at 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 primarily to allow us to perform our contract with you (performance of a contract) and to enable us to comply with legal obligations (legal obligation). In some cases we may use your personal information to pursue legitimate interests, provided your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests (legitimate interest). The situations in which we will process your personal information are listed below, under which of the above legal basis we are using. We have indicated by asterisks the purpose or purposes for which we are processing or will process  your  personal  information,  as  well  as  providing  a  description  of  which categories of data are involved. 

Legal Basis - Performance of a Contract

  • Making a decision about your recruitment or appointment, via CV, supporting statement, references, Disclosure and Barring Scheme checks, our vetting, credit reference agencies and personality / psychometric assessments.
  • Paying you and, if you are an employee or deemed employee for tax purposes, deducting tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs).
  •  Providing the following benefits to you*:
    o   Health Benefits Cover (e.g. Simply Health)
    o   Life Assurance
    o   Cycle to Work Scheme
    o   Electric Car Purchase Scheme
    o   Staff Benefit Scheme (e.g. Perkbox)
  • Administering the contract we have entered into with you
  • Conducting performance reviews, managing performance and determining performance requirements.
  •  Ascertaining your fitness to work
  •    Managing sickness absence
  • To monitor your use of our information and communication systems to ensure compliance with our IT policies
  • Making arrangements for the termination of our working relationship

Legal Basis for Processing - Legal Obligation

  • Checking you are legally entitled to work in the UK
  • Equal opportunities monitoring.
  • Enrolling you in a pension arrangement in accordance with our statutory automatic enrolment duties
  •  Liaising with the trustees or managers of a pension arrangement operated by a group company, your pension provider and any other provider of employee benefits
  •  Making decisions about your continued employment or engagement.
  • Dealing with legal disputes involving you, or other employees, workers and contractors, including accidents at work.
  • Complying with health and safety obligations.
  • To prevent fraud
  • To ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access to our computer and electronic communications systems and preventing malicious software distribution.
  • Sharing payment data with HMRC

Legal Basis for Processing – Legitimate Interest

  • Business management and planning, including continuity, accounting and auditing.
  • Making decisions about salary reviews and compensation.
  • Checking whether we hold information related to safeguarding concerns as part of the onboarding process
  •  Assessing qualifications for a particular job or task, including decisions about promotions.
  • Gathering evidence for possible grievance or disciplinary hearings.
  • Education, training and development requirements.
  • To  conduct  data  analytics  studies  to  review  and  better  understand  employee retention and attrition rates.
  •  Awards, such as the long service award.
  • Using our emergency messaging system to contact you should there be issues with other channels of communication, and to test the system.

5.1.2 Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal information.

5.2 If you fail to provide personal information

5.2.1 If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have entered into with you (such as paying you or providing a benefit), or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations (such as to ensure the health and safety of our workers).

5.3 Change of purpose

5.3.1 We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

5.3.2 Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

"Special categories" of particularly sensitive personal information, such as information about your health, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or trade union membership, require higher levels of protection. We need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using this type of personal information. We have in place appropriate safeguards which we are required by law to maintain when processing such data For further information please see our Recruitment and Selection Policy. We may process special categories of personal information in the following circumstances:

  • In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent.
  • Where we need to carry out our legal obligations or exercise rights in connection with employment.
  • Where it is needed in the public interest, such as for equal opportunities monitoring or in relation to our occupational pension scheme.

Less commonly, we may process this type of information where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.

6.1 Situations in which we will use your sensitive personal information

6.1.1 In general, we will not process particularly sensitive personal information about you unless it is necessary for performing or exercising obligations or rights in connection with employment. On rare occasions, there may be other reasons for processing, such as it is in the public interest to do so. The situations in which we will process your particularly sensitive personal information are listed below. We have indicated the purpose or purposes for which we are processing or will process your more sensitive personal information.

a) We will use information about your physical or mental health, or disability status, to ensure your health and safety in the workplace and to assess your fitness to work, to provide appropriate workplace adjustments, to monitor and manage sickness absence and to administer benefits including statutory maternity pay, statutory sick pay, pensions and Life Assurance. We need to process this information to exercise rights and perform obligations in connection with your employment.

b) We  will  use information  about  your race or national or  ethnic origin,  religious, philosophical or moral beliefs, or your sexual life or sexual orientation, to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting. Wherever possible we will use aggregated or anonymised data for these purposes

c) We will use trade union membership information to record their involvement in any employee relations cases and comply with employment law obligations.

6.2 Do we need your consent?

6.2.1 We do not need your consent if we use special categories of your personal information in accordance with our written policy to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights in the field of employment law.

In limited circumstances, we may approach you for your written consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If we do so, we will provide you with full details of the information that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent.

You should be aware that it is not a condition of your contract with us that you agree to any request for consent from us.

7.1.1 We may only use information relating to criminal convictions where the law allows us to do so. This will usually be where such processing is necessary to carry out our obligations and provided we do so in line with our data protection policy.

7.1.2 We will hold information about criminal convictions.

7.1.3 We will only collect information about criminal convictions if it is appropriate given the nature of the role and where we are legally able to do so. Where appropriate, we will collect information about criminal convictions as part of the recruitment process or we may be notified of such information directly by you in the course of you working for us. We will use information about criminal convictions and offences in the following ways:

  • To determine suitability for role.
  • To determine suitability for access to our sites where children are accessible.

7.1.4 We are allowed to use your personal information in this way to carry out our safeguarding obligations. We have in place an appropriate policy and safeguards which we are required by law to maintain when processing such data.

Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention.

We are allowed to use automated decision-making in the following circumstances:

  • Where we have notified you of the decision and given you 21 days to request a reconsideration.
  • Where it is necessary to perform the contract with you and appropriate measures are in place to safeguard your rights.
  • In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent and where appropriate measures are in place to safeguard your rights.

If we make an automated decision on the basis of any particularly sensitive personal information, we must have either your explicit written consent or it must be justified in the public interest, and we must also put in place appropriate measures to safeguard your rights.

8.1.1 You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making, unless we have a lawful basis for doing so and we have notified you.

8.1.2 We do not envisage that any decisions will be taken about you using automated means, however we will notify you in writing if this position changes.

We may have to share your data with third parties, including third-party service providers and other entities in the group.

We require third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law.

We may transfer your personal information outside the UK or the EU. If we do, you can expect a similar degree of protection in respect of your personal information.

9.1 Why might you share my personal information with third parties?

9.1.1 We will share your personal information with third parties where required by law, where it is necessary to administer the working relationship with you or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so.

9.2 Which third-party service providers process my personal information?

9.2.1 “Third   parties”  includes   third-party   service  providers   (including   contractors   and designated agents) and other entities within our group. The following activities are carried out by third-party service providers: pension administration, Pay and BACs services, P11Ds, benefits provision, career advice services, Educational Psychologist services, Occupational Health provider, communication and collaboration tools: HR System (including learning management system) maintenance support and hosting of data. Your data will also be recorded on our membership system which is hosted by a third party.

9.2.2 We will share personal data regarding your participation in any pension arrangement operated  by  a  group  company  with  the  trustees  or  scheme  managers  of  the arrangement in connection with the administration of the arrangements.

9.2.3 We will share some details about you with our providers of staff benefits such as Health Benefits Cover (e.g. Simply Health), Life Assurance, Cycle to Work Scheme, Electric Car Purchase Scheme and Staff Benefit Scheme (e.g. Perkbox) should you participate in those schemes.

9.3 How secure is my information with third-party service providers and other entities in our group?

9.3.1 All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions. This does not apply in circumstances where you enter into a contract directly with a third party, as they will be their own distinct data controller. Under such circumstances we recommend you full read their terms and conditions including how they will use your data.

9.4 What about other third parties?

9.4.1 We may share your personal information with other third parties, for example in the context of the possible sale or restructuring of the business. In this situation we will, so far as possible, share anonymised data with the other parties before the transaction completes.

Once the transaction is completed, we will share your personal data with the other parties if and to the extent required under the terms of the transaction.

9.4.2 We may also need to share your personal information with a regulator or to otherwise comply with the law. This may include making returns to HMRC and disclosures to shareholders such as directors’ remuneration reporting requirements.

We have put in place measures to protect the security of your information. Details of these measures are available upon request from the Technology Team.

Third parties will only process your personal information on our instructions and where they have agreed to treat the information confidentially and to keep it secure.

10.1.1 We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed.

In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

Details of security measures may be obtained from the IT Department.

10.1.2 We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so or believe it appropriate to do so.

10.1.3 All data that is created and stored on TSA computers and systems is the property of TSA and there is no official provision for individual data privacy. However if you do store your personal data on TSA computers or systems TSA reserves the right to access data for  monitoring adherence with policies and the law, and for business continuity purposes. Further information can be found in the Acceptable Usage Policy.

11.1 How long will you use my information for?

11.1.1 We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

Details of retention periods for different aspects of your personal information are available in our retention policy.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

11.1.2 In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further notice to you. Once you are no longer an employee, worker or contractor of the company we will retain and securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention policy.

12.1 Your duty to inform us of changes

12.1.1 It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your working relationship with us.

12.2 Your rights in connection with personal information

12.2.1 Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
  • Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.

12.2.2 If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your  personal  information  to  another  party,  please  contact  one  of  the  Senior  HR Advisors in writing, or email

12.3 No fee usually required

12.3.1 You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances

12.4 What we may need from you

12.4.1 We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights).

This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it

13.1.1 In  the  limited  circumstances  where  you  may  have  provided  your  consent  to  the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact one of the Senior HR Advisors. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law. If this relates to an image that you have provided consent for us to use, we may not be able to control any further sharing or distribution that has already occurred prior to you withdrawing your consent.

15.1.1 We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact

14.1.1 We have appointed a data protection officer (DPO) to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact the DPO.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.