The British Council
regards the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as
important to our successful operations and to the maintenance of
confidence of those with whom we deal. As such this statement will apply
equally to all of our offices irrespective of where they are based.
We will ensure that our staff and those
acting on our behalf obtain, use and disclose personal information
lawfully and correctly. To this end we fully endorse and adhere to the
principles of data protection, as set out in the UK Data Protection Act
1998 (the "Act"). We shall apply the Act globally, except
where part or all of any local law is stronger.
In particular we will:
- observe the conditions in the Act
regarding the fair collection and use of personal information
(please see below regarding personal information collected via our
- meet our legal obligations to
specify the purposes for which we process personal information, this
information being set out in our data protection notification
particulars which can be found on the Information Commissionerís
website at www.dpr.gov.uk;
- collect and process appropriate
personal information, only to the extent that it is needed to
fulfill our operational needs or to comply with any legal
- ensure the accuracy of any personal
information kept by us;
- apply checks to determine the length
of time personal information is held by us;
- ensure that the rights of people about
whom personal information is held, are able to be exercised fully
under the Act;
- take appropriate technical and
organizational security measures to safeguard personal information;
- ascertain that personal information is
not transferred outside the European Economic Area without suitable
safeguards or agreement from the individual.
If we collect
personal information via our website, prior to finally submitting
any personal information to our website, we will endeavour to ensure
that you are informed as to:
- the purpose for collecting the
- what the information will be used
- the identity of anyone else to
whom the information will be given and what they will use it for
- how you can request copies of
any personal information we hold on you.
Please note that where our website
contains links to other websites, we are not responsible for the
privacy practices of other websites and this statement applies solely to
any personal information collected by our website.
are not linked to personally identifiable information.
We only use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer our website,
track general user movements, and gather broad demographic information
for aggregate use.
subsequently enhance their experience on our website. If your browser
rejects a cookie, you may still use our website.