Personal data is any information about a living individual that can be used to identify them, for example, their name, address, date of birth, email address or qualifications. The people who control your personal data will be the Welsh Language Tribunal (the Tribunal) and the Welsh Government (WG).
Why are you processing my personal information?
When we refer to processing we mean any activity carried out on your personal data, such as collecting, storing, adapting or destroying. Taking notes during a tribunal hearing or publishing a decision of the Tribunal are examples of processing. We process your personal data because it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller and therefore is in accordance with Article 6(e) of the GDPR.
It is necessary because the Tribunal must process your data to discharge its statutory duties in accordance with the following legislation:
- The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (2011 nawm 1)
- The Welsh Language Tribunal Rules 2015 (S.I. 2015/1028) (W. 76)
What categories of personal data are you processing?
Although the Tribunal does not routinely process special category data this may sometimes be necessary. Special categories of personal data include information about a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership and the processing of genetic or biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, health data or data concerning sex life or sexual orientation. These categories are listed in Article 9(1) of the GDPR.
The Tribunal will only process special category data where it is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or whenever courts are acting in their judicial capacity in accordance with Article 9(2)(f) of the GDPR.
Where do you get my personal data from?
The Tribunal may receive your data from the following sources:
- You may provide your own data to the Tribunal
- Legal Professionals
- Advocacy Services
- Welsh Language Commissioner
- Local Authorities and other public bodies
Do you share my personal data with anyone else?
In terms of the legislation which governs the application process (the Welsh Language Tribunal Rules 2015) we will send copies of any application, attachments, correspondence and representations to the other parties and their representatives.
In any case type, where the tribunal decides that expert evidence is required to assist in determining the case, relevant data pertaining to the case will be shared with the third party. All parties will be made aware of this at the time, and will receive a copy of any report received by the third party.
Tribunal decisions are be published on its website. Decisions under the different jurisdictions may contain the names of the parties. In most cases, only the name is searchable on our website, depending on the jurisdiction.
Tribunal proceedings (hearings) are generally required to be held in public. This is an aspect of the constitutional right to open justice. Exceptional reasons would need to be shown for a hearing to be held in private.
Do you transfer my personal data to other countries?
The Tribunal would only transfer data to other countries to a party, or interested party, who does not reside in the United Kingdom. In such an instance, case papers would be sent to the party by email or by International Standard Delivery via the Royal Mail Group Ltd or by secure email.
How long do you keep my personal data?
We will retain your data for up to 6 years in line with our Retention and Disposal Schedule.
What rights do I have?
- You have the right to obtain confirmation that your data is being processed and to have access to your personal data
- You are entitled to have personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete
- You have a right to have personal data erased and to prevent processing in certain circumstances
- You have the right to ‘block’ or suppress processing of personal data in certain circumstances
- You have the right to data portability in certain circumstances
- You have the right to object to the processing in certain circumstances
If you have any general queries regarding the content of this privacy notice or would like further information about any part of it, please contact us at WelshTribunals@gov.wales
The President’s Office
The Welsh Language Tribunal
Head of Governance and Assurance
2nd Floor, South Wing
How do I complain if I am not happy?
If you are unhappy with any aspect of this privacy notice, or how your personal information is being processed, please contact us at WelshTribunals@gov.wales
If you are still not happy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):
Information Commissioner’s Office