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Affinity Counselling

Website and GDPR Privacy Statement

May 25th, 2018

The Data Controller for this site is Affinity Counselling and I am are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) No: ZA384687

Cookies: This site uses cookies which are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. Cookies allow websites and applications to store your preferences to present content, options or functions that are specific to you. They also enable me to see information like how many people use the website and what pages they tend to visit.

Cookies do not provide Affinity Counselling with access to your computer or any information about you, other than that which you choose to share with me.  If you do not want my website to store cookies on your computer or device, you should set your web browser to refuse cookies. However, this may affect how my website functions. Some pages and services may become unavailable to you. Unless you have changed your browser to refuse cookies my website will issue cookies when you visit it.

Analytics: Affinity Counselling’s website host Wix does collect behaviour patterns of website visitors, but this does not identify individuals. It does show Affinity Counselling: the number of site visits, the number of specific page views, and the type of device has been used.

The website page for contacting Affinity Counselling does not store information. I will use your personal data of email address/telephone number for correspondence with you regarding an inquiry about the services of Affinity Counselling. I will retain this information only for the period we are in correspondence, it is then deleted.

Affinity Counselling does not use the information you supply for marketing purposes and does not share with third parties unless I am required to by law.

Whilst using email, please be aware that there is no guarantee of security due to how your e mail server works, so please consider the level of personal information you share in an email.

General data protection regulation GDPR information for Affinity Counselling:

This details how Affinity Counselling collects, stores/processes your personal data.

If you do become a counselling client I will collect: Your name; contact details and emergency contact name and number and this will be used only for contacting, you whilst you are receiving counselling.

Affinity Counselling does not share your personal data or use it for marketing purposes or sell it to third parties.  

I may need to share your data for these reasons only:

Legitimate interest

  1. There may be the necessity during counselling to break confidentiality for these reasons only: safeguarding; serious harm to yourself or to someone else; acts of terrorism or drug trafficking/money laundering. In these cases, your information may be shared with health professionals & emergency services as appropriate.

  2. Clinical will. In the event of my death or if I become incapacitated, I have appointed my supervisor to manage my cases.


Legal obligation

  1. I may be required to share information in your notes if I am issued with a court order.

  2. I keep anonymous notes from our sessions in line with the requirements of my professional insurance and the limitation act.

Consent

  1. If you ask me to share your notes/information with other medical professionals or your legal representative.

How long does Affinity Counselling keep your information?

  1. If you choose not to continue with counselling after your initial session, your information will be disposed of after 4 weeks.

  2. If you choose to continue with counselling, your notes are anonymous and kept for 7 years after your last session (as my professional insurances requires). For under 18’s anonymous notes will be kept for 7 years after the age of 18 is reached.​


​All information is stored as confidential data in locked storage, password protected document or encrypted memory stick and destroyed at the end of the data retention period as confidential waste.

Your Rights under GDPR:

  • You have the Right to be informed;

  • The Right to access the information I have about you;

  • The Right to rectify that information;

  • The Right to restrict the processing of notes.


Please note: The ICO states these are not all absolute rights.

You can also view https://ico.org.uk/fororganisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights for more information.

If you have any concerns about how I have used your data, please contact me at lesley@affinity counselling.org.uk.

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office - 0303 123 1113


This privacy statement is kept under regular review.

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