IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING YOUR PRIVACY – COLM MARKEY MEP
Your privacy is important to me. As a Member of the European Parliament, I am committed to processing the personal data of constituents and other individuals in a fair, lawful and transparent manner.
This notice sets out the basis on which any personal data I (or we, to include my office and staff) collect from you, or from others, will be stored or processed by us. Please read it carefully to understand our practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
Who I Am and How You Can Contact Me?
I am Colm Markey and I am a Member of the European Parliament for Midlands-North-West (Ireland).
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I can also be contacted at Colm Markey MEP, European Parliament: ASP 12E213, Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047, Bruxelles, Belgium or at: +32 228 37 214
For the purpose of the Data Protection Acts 1998-2018 (as amended) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the data controller is Colm Markey MEP.
What is Personal Data?
Personal data basically means any information about a living person, where that person either is identified or could be identified. Personal data can cover various types of information, such as name, date of birth, email address, phone number, address, physical characteristics, or location data – once it is clear to whom that information relates, or it is reasonably possible to find out.
What Personal information do we collect from you?
We will record only as much information as is necessary to provide a service to you. You may give us personal data by:
Why do we collect this information?
We collect the information in order to represent you (at your request), to provide you with services, to promote our services or to recruit staff or volunteers. We may use this information:
The legal bases for the processing of your data are:
Special Category Data and the lawful basis for that processing activity.
Stricter rules apply to some types of personal information which may be described as special category data and criminal offence data (see note below).
The legal bases for the processing of special category data or sensitive data are:
Other Sources of Personal Information
Most of the personal information we deal with comes from the person, such as you, to whom the information relates, as outlined above. However, we may from time to time get personal information about other people. This might happen where one person legitimately makes a representation on someone else’s behalf. Or, it could occur if someone makes what is called a whistleblower’s disclosure.
In principle, we must tell you promptly if we get personal information about you from someone else, but there are exceptions. Two significant exceptions arise where it would involve disproportionate effort to tell you, or where telling you would be inconsistent with a legitimate reason why the information was given to us.
Who Will Get Your Personal Information?
This depends on why we are dealing with it. No-one will get it voluntarily who does not need to receive it for the purpose for which it was given. For example, if you ask me to make a representation involving your personal information, that information will be passed to the relevant Department or State agency and they will deal with it to decide on an answer.
If we deal with personal information to fulfil a legal duty, the relevant law will specify who receives it. If I need to deal with it to establish, exercise, or defend my legal rights, it will be passed to and dealt with by my legal advisers, and, on occasion, by other parties to a relevant dispute or their advisers, or to expert or other witnesses, or to the court, tribunal, arbitrator, mediator, or similar entity.
Occasionally, legal provisions or a court order may require me to deal with personal information for a purpose apart from why I got it or was otherwise dealing with it.
Transfers to Third Countries
I do not believe that any personal information I am dealing with and to which this Privacy Notice applies will be transferred to a country outside the EU.
How long do we keep hold of your personal information?
The time periods for which we retain your personal information depends on the type of information and the purposes for which we use it. We will keep your information for no longer than is required or permitted.
Your data will not be retained by me once I cease to be a member of the European Parliament and there is no prospect of my being re-elected within a short period. (There may be rare exceptions to this assurance, such as where the personal information is relevant to a legal dispute ongoing at the time when I stop being a member).
It may not always be clear when an existing query requires one of us to contact the other again, and I may in due course be able to help you with some matter other than the one you initially got in touch about. I may hold onto your contact details so I can send you circulars or newsletters, or tell you about my policies or electoral activities. This is because supporting the democratic process is in the public interest.
Therefore, I will retain basic contact details such as your phone number(s) and email address unless: you tell me you don’t want me to retain that information or at the end of 3 years from your last communication with me.
Even where I do keep your contact details, I will not email you, ring or text you, or have you rung or texted on your mobile phone, or have an automated phone call made to you, unless you have consented to the particular means of communication beforehand.
We may communicate with you with information about certain seminars, meetings and fundraising events via email and or text message if you have consented to this. Such consent can be withdrawn at any time.
When processing is for the submission of an entry to a fundraiser or to donate or to volunteer or to submit a view or opinion, it is done so on the basis of your explicit consent which we request at the time you provide your Personal Data and which you can withdraw at any time.
Further Dealing With Personal Information
It would be very exceptional for me to deal with personal information for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was received. The need to do so might arise because of a legal obligation.
Your Rights About Your Personal Information
If you are not content with how I am dealing with your personal information, you may bring your dissatisfaction to the attention of the Data Protection Commission: see https://dataprotection.ie
Special Category Data
Special category data means personal information about a person’s:
Criminal offence data (that is, personal information governed by GDPR, Article 10) means personal information about a person’s:
Activities of a Political Party
A political party is allowed, in the course of its activities, to deal with special category data (especially political opinions) where dealing with the information relates to the party’s members, or former members, or someone who is regularly in contact with the party in connection with party purposes.
I will deal with your personal information if this applies to you and your personal information, and it is appropriate, having regard to my role within the party, for me to do so. This authority to deal with personal information does not apply to members of the public generally.
Also, my dealing with the personal information must not involve the party’s dealing with it by disclosing it outside the party without the consent of the person to whom the information relates.