Communications Team Privacy Notice
Please note - we keep this privacy notice under regular review and will place any updates on this page.
How we will use your information:
Who we are
The Senedd Commission is the data controller of your information, and will make sure it is protected and used in line with data protection legislation. Any queries regarding our use of your information should be sent to Senedd's Data Protection Officer at:
Data Protection Officer
0300 200 6494
Why we are collecting your information
We make efforts to engage the people of Wales and the wider public in our work, and draw your attention to information and activities which might be of interested. For us to do this we collect information from people that we interact with in person and online. The information we collect falls into the following categories:
Contact information such as e-mail addresses which we use to provide people with updates on projects they have taken part in, to confirm bookings, and invite people to activities and events that they may be interested in;
Information regarding any preferences or requirements that individuals or groups may have to aid their ability to participate in our activity, for example dietary requirements;
Digital content like pictures and videos, which we collect during tours, events, and other activity to gather people’s views on different issues and to demonstrate the work that we do to engage the public which forms part of the Senedd Commission Strategy 2016 - 2021
Information regarding people’s opinions and experiences on a range of matters relating to the work of the Senedd;
Data about how people use our online services which is used for statistical purposes and analysis for management purposes in order to administer the website or improve our services.
Our legal basis for using your information
The majority of the information that we collect and use is processed for the purposes of tasks that are in the public interest, or in the substantial public interest (where your personal information comprises a special category of personal data). Sometimes, however, we will rely on your consent to use your information.
What we will do with your information
Your information will often be retained on Senedd ICT infrastructure, which includes third party cloud services provided by Microsoft. Any transfer of data by Microsoft outside of the EEA is covered by contractual clauses under which Microsoft ensure that personal data is treated in line with European legislation. We sometimes use third parties to obtain or store your information, details of where we use third parties are set out further down in this notice.
On occasion, we will get requests from third party media organisations to speak with those who have contributed to our work. We will not share your contact details with any third party media organisations without first seeking your consent.
Details about how we will use information for each of our different activities are set out below:
Attending events and workshops
Sometimes we arrange focus groups with members of the public to gather people’s views and opinions on work that the Senedd Commission, or Senedd Committees are undertaking. At these focus groups, staff may make a written note to capture participants views, on occasion this can involve using audio recording equipment to assist the facilitator in making accurate notes.
A general summary of the themes and issues raised, and quotes from participants will be presented to Assembly staff and Members of the Senedd, and may also appear in reports published on the Senedd website, and appear in promotional content. These materials may reference specific groups who have taken part, but will not list the names of individuals who contributed.
Where audio recording equipment is used, the audio file will be deleted securely 6 months after the focus group took place, and will be used to present general themes and issues raised, as well as some quotes from participants to Senedd staff and Members, they will not be made attributable to individual respondents. Quotes which may identify individuals will not be used.
Photos, filming, and digital content
We capture pictures and videos during tours, events (on and off the Senedd estate), and during other activity designed to gather people’s views on different issues, and to demonstrate the work that we do to engage the public.
Images and video footage we retain could potentially be used, without context to the event photographed or filmed, to promote the work of the National Assembly for Wales and engage with the people of Wales.
We publish images and video content on our website, and on social media channels, it appears in print materials, it may get shown to Members and staff as evidence for committee consultations, and it gets shared with media outlets.
Some images and videos captured (particularly those of historic and ongoing business value) may be retained indefinitely and content that we publish into the public domain will remain there. The Senedd regularly reviews the digital content captured, and will not retain pictures and videos which are unlikely to be of any operational value going forward.
When we capture content from smaller groups or individuals we will seek people’s consent to ensure that those individuals are happy to have their picture taken, or be filmed.
If you do not want to appear in any pictures or videos, or want to ask a question about how your information will be used, please inform a member of Assembly staff before, or during the activity, or e-mail email@example.com.
Stakeholder distribution lists
We manage distribution lists to contact stakeholders such as those working within civic society, the media, and professionals in the education sector on issues relating to our work. These are individuals who we contact in relation to our official functions. We add people to this list having accessed their contact information online, through professional contacts, and having been contacted by those individuals wishing to be added to the list. We review these lists periodically to ensure they are current. From time to time we may share these distribution lists with other departments within the Senedd who support Senedd initiatives.
Subscribing to newsletters
You are able to subscribe to our newsletters online, and in person by attending various activities which we arrange. We use MailChimp to do this. When you subscribe in person leaving your contact details on post cards, we will add them to the relevant mailing list for the newsletter, and a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.
This information is retained until you unsubscribe, and you can contact us at any time to remove yourself from these distribution lists, and newsletter mailing lists.
Online surveys - SurveyMonkey
We produce online surveys using SurveyMonkey, which asks people to provide feedback on services, and their opinion on different issues the we're scrutinising.
Responses will be seen by all staff working on the relevant survey or inquiry. A summary report is produced by outlining the findings of the survey which is shared with Members and staff, published on our website, promoted across social media channels, and appears in relevant reports. This may include direct quotes from responses, in which case we will ensure this does not reveal the respondents identity. This information will remain public indefinitely.
When people complete our surveys via the SurveyMonkey platform, they will be given the choice of opting in to receive updates on the project they have contributed to, and a separate option to opt in for further updates on opportunities to engage with the Assembly on the subject matter (for example health, education, transport) of the project you participated in.
Survey responses: Survey responses will be removed from SurveyMonkey twelve months after the closing date of the survey. However, it may be necessary to retain survey responses for a longer period on our own systems until any subsequent reporting process has been completed.
Contact details: We will keep the contact details of those who provide them in order to receive further updates on the specific project they have contributed to until the project has finished (stored on Assembly ICT infrastructure).
For those who have requested further updates on opportunities to engage with the us on the subject matter (for example health, education, transport) of the project they participated in, their contact details will be retained until you contact us to remove your details and no longer wish to receive updates from us.
Details about how SurveyMonkey will use your information is available on their website.
We use third party platforms to facilitate conversation online on different issues the Senedd is scrutinising or to provide feedback on certain matters.
Depending on the nature of the project and who we are seeking responses from, these forums may be run privately or publicly, and we may choose to moderate responses before they appear on the site. We will outline if the online forum is run openly, and if moderation is in operation for each project.
If you respond to online forums which are run openly, responses will appear publicly. Anyone is able to participate in open online forums (once they have registered by creating a user name and provided their email address). Anyone will be able to see your contributions in open online forums, regardless of whether they have registered to the site or not.
When responding to closed forum, only other people who have been invited to participate can see your contribution and are able to participate.
We may use the information you provide to produce a summary report outlining the main themes, which is shared with Members and staff, and published on our website, promoted across social media channels, and appear in relevant reports. We may also respond to and communicate with you about your ideas, questions and comments. This information will remain public indefinitely.
The information collated will be removed from these sites six months after the closing date for responses. We will keep the contact details of those who have registered on the site on Assembly ICT infrastructure to provide updates on the project you have participated in, and to draw you attention to other opportunities to engage with the Assembly on the subject matter which you had engaged with us on this occasion. You may unsubscribe at any time.
We collect information from young people who want to register to vote, and stand as candidates at the Welsh Youth Parliament (WYP) election. To manage this, we use a third party platform called miVoice.
For more information on how we process data relating to voter registration and candidate nomination for WYP elections, please see the full privacy notices on the website.
We also work with official WYP partner organisations who return 20 WYP Members. To select these partner organisations, we run an application process, for which we will retain the submissions made by organisations applying until the end of the end of the WYP term (May 2021).
We will also keep information relating to the returned candidates and relevant election process operated by partner organisations until the end of the WYP term in May 2021.
Engaging with us on social media
We use social media platforms as a key part of our public engagement work.
As well as using these platforms to put out information for awareness raising purposes, we encourage interactions, particularly those that can be fed into parliamentary scrutiny. When this is the case, we will ensure it is made clear that your comments will be used to feed into the Senedd's scrutiny work. In those instances, your responses to our social media posts (including your name/handle) could be passed on to staff and Members, and could appear in reports and other materials published on the Assembly’s website and social media accounts.
Content includes, but is not restricted to, images, videos (live and archive), infographics and animations. The platforms we use include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, SnapChat, Wordpress and LinkedIn. See those individual platforms privacy notices for details about how they will use your information.
If you share our content through social media, for example by liking us on Facebook, following or tweeting about us on Twitter, those social networks will record that you have done so and may set a cookie for this purpose. By using those platforms you are agreeing to their terms of service.
In order to manage our social media interactions we use the following third party providers:
If you contact us via the website for the purposes of registration, email subscriptions, and other engagement activities, your information will only be used for those purposes. Details about information gathered through our website is available in the Assembly’s central privacy notice: https://www.senedd.wales/en/help/privacy/Pages/privacy.aspx
You have certain rights over the information we hold. These include: the right to see the information; to correct it; to have it erased; if it is inaccurate; to have it removed; and to limit our use of it. Not all of these rights will apply in all instances.
If you would like to: engage any of the rights that you have under data protection legislation; ask a question; or make a complaint about how your information is used; please contact the Senedd's Data Protection Officer. Contact details above.
You can also make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if you believe we have not used your information in line with the law. The ICO’s contact details can be found on their website
Requests for information made to the Commission
In the event of a request for information being made under access to information legislation, it may be necessary to disclose all or part of the information that you provide. This may include information which has previously been removed by the Senedd for publication purposes. We will only do this if we are required to do so by law.
Changes to this privacy notice