Privacy Statement of Plymouth Energy Community and PEC Renewables
Plymouth Energy Community Limited (PEC) and PEC Renewables Limited exist to create a fair, affordable, low cost carbon energy system with local people at its heart. We are run for, and by, the community of Plymouth and its wider surrounds. Our community trust us to use any personal information they give us responsibly and keep it safe.
This privacy statement lets you know what to expect from PEC, PEC Renewables, and their wholly owned subsidiaries, in how we use and store your information, what other organisations may be able to access your information and how we may contact you in the future.
The Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation identify a set of principles which form the basis of how PEC and PEC Renewables will use your information. These are:
- process all personal information lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner,
- collect personal information for a specified, explicit and legitimate purpose,
- ensure that the personal information processed is adequate, relevant and limited to the purposes for which it was collected,
- ensure the personal information is accurate and up to date,
- keep your personal information for no longer than is necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was collected,
- keep your personal information securely using appropriate technical or organisational measures.
PEC is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and we take our obligations under data protection regulation, and our obligation to protect the data of the people we are here to help, seriously.
We welcome any questions about how we process and safeguard your data and will be happy to respond to any requests or concerns regarding your data rights. Please contact us:
Email: email@example.com or
Post: Plymouth Energy Community
C/o Low Carbon Team
How does PEC use information?
We use personal information to deliver our services and in the day to day running of the organisation. Specifically we collect and use personal data from the following groups:
- Service users – If you have accessed PEC’s Energy Team services and have received support from us, your details will be recorded on PEC’s database and other systems. This means that we can provide advice and support, identify other services that could help and evaluate the support we provide. We may contact you for these purposes.
- PEC Members – If you are a PEC Member, we will hold your information and use it to administer the governance of PEC. You will have the option to sign up to our newsletter to hear more about what we do. Some organisations choose to become PEC members, where this happens we will also hold information of representatives of that organisation.
- PEC Renewables Members – If you have purchased community shares in PEC Renewables, your information will be held by PEC Renewables and by our share registrars so that we can administer your shares and the governance of PEC Renewables. You will also have the option to sign up to receive newsletters about what we are doing.
- Directors – Directors of PEC and PEC Renewables and their wholly owned subsidiaries provide information that is legally required to be shared through company registration. Other information recorded by PEC in the course of board meetings, emails and information submitted through director registration may be used by PEC for legitimate business interests.
- Partners – PEC works closely with other organisations to deliver our work or to refer service users to access further support. Personal details of representatives of these organisations, including records of their correspondence with PEC and attendance at events, is recorded on PEC’s systems so that we can administer our business.
- Staff – Personal information about PEC staff will be recorded and used to manage their work and to represent and protect the organisation. As a community focussed organisation it is important that names, job titles and contact details of PEC staff are publically available. PEC will share information about staff with Plymouth City Council, as they are their direct employer.
- PEC Pals – If you are a PEC Pal, we will use your information to support you as a volunteer. We will also use it to evaluate and report on the success of the programme and may contact you for these reasons.
- Renewable energy production – PEC Renewables supplies electricity generated by its renewable installations to other organisations and works with external companies to manage the operations, maintenance and financial administration of these installations. When we communicate with individuals from these companies, their information will be used to help PEC Renewables to administer these contracts, set up new contacts and keep a record for financial and legal purposes.
In some cases, PEC or PEC Renewables may provide further information in an additional privacy notice. We will always let you know how you, or your children’s, information will be used and shared. If recording and using your information is vital to the service we are offering you, we will record your information without requesting your consent. We do ask for your consent though if we want to use your information in a way that is not essential. An example of this would be if we wanted to record and use sensitive information about your health to help us advise you about what help and support is available.
Your information will not be used or passed on to other organisations for promotional or marketing information by PEC or PEC Renewables. The only exception is if you are a member and you have asked to be sent our newsletter or other information about offers available to you.
What data is recorded?
PEC will record information that is relevant to the reason you have accessed our service, this may include:
- contact details and other personal details
- information about your family
- information about your lifestyle and social circumstances
- information about your membership
- information about goods and services you have been provided with
- information about your finances
- information about your education and employment
- images of you accessing our services or at events
We also process sensitive classes of information that may include:
- information about physical or mental health of you or your family
- racial or ethnic origin
- religious or other beliefs of a similar nature
PEC will only record personal details regarding children where a parent or legal guardian of that child has supplied them and provided consent for their use.
How we store your data
The information we record about people will, in most cases, be removed from our systems within seven years after contact. Records may be reviewed at the end of seven years and held further at PEC or PEC Renewables’ discretion if there is a good reason for doing so. We will look to reduce the amount of data we hold as far as reasonably possible, particularly where the data is sensitive personal information.
If you are a PEC member, we will remove your details from our system within a year of you resigning your membership, unless it is being held for other purposes. If you would like to resign your membership please write to the company secretary as specified in the membership rules.
If you are a PEC Renewables member, information about your investment is held after your community shares have been withdrawn to meet financial record keeping requirements. Typically this will be for seven years, but it may be longer at PEC Renewables’ discretion if there is a good reason for doing so.
PEC and PEC Renewables use other companies to help us operate and deliver the services we provide. This includes software providers, where data is held on a third party server and local companies that we contract to install heating controls or other items. PEC and PEC Renewables will be responsible for your information that is shared with these companies. We will ensure the right contracts are in place, that these companies will only use your information to do what we ask them to do and that they will comply with regulations regarding how they keep your information secure.
PEC and PEC Renewables operate from Plymouth City Council offices and PEC activity is delivered by Plymouth City Council staff, contracted to PEC. Business support and ICT support to PEC and PEC Renewables is also delivered by the council and their providers. This means that the information we record will be visible or accessible to Plymouth City Council staff and systems, this cannot be avoided and is essential to our day-to-day administration. We will ensure, as far as we can, that access to the information we record by council services is restricted.
Sometimes PEC will send personal information to another organisation that will use that information to provide a service independently of PEC. In this case, we will not have control over this organisation and how your information is managed. For example, if we find out that you have a condition which means that you are vulnerable when you have a power cut, we could share this information with your energy supplier and distributor to allow you to access priority services. Whenever we do this, we will always name the organisation(s) we will share your information with and we will ask your permission. The organisation(s) should provide further guidance about how they use your information. If you would rather approach that organisation directly, we will be happy to provide their details to you.
In some cases, PEC and PEC Renewables use companies to support our services that are based outside the European Economic Area. We require these companies to operate with high security standards and will ensure that, where the data shared is significant in scale or sensitivity, the organisation is signed up to the EU – US Privacy Shield or similar regulation.
Information held by PEC may be shared for law enforcement or to meet other legal obligations for PEC.
Website and Cookies
Like many websites, PEC uses technologies, such as cookies, in order to provide you with a more personalised web service, to customise our advertising and to analyse traffic to the website. When visiting our website you will be informed of this. In summary, a cookie is a small piece of information sent from our website to your computer to help us to identify you quickly.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. If you prefer, you should be able to change your browser to prevent this. Be aware, you may not be able to take full advantage of a website if you do so. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers, which means they cannot be used to track your movements around the web. Further information about cookies can be found on the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s website www.allaboutcookies.org.
The EU General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act grants a number of rights that PEC upholds. These are:
- The right to be informed via Privacy Notices such as this.
- The right of access to any personal information PEC OR PEC Renewables holds about yourself.
- The right to correct inaccurate or incomplete data (we must do this for you within a month)
- The right to have your personal data erased and to prevent us from using it unless we have a legal obligation to.
- The right to control how you use your information and restrict what purposes we use it for.
- The right to request a copy of the information we hold in a transferable format.
- The right to object. You can object to your personal data being used for profiling, direct marketing or research purposes.
- You have rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling, to reduce the risk that a potentially damaging decision is taken without human intervention.
For a copy of the information about you held by PEC or PEC Renewables, please contact us using the details given previously. We will not charge for providing these and you will receive a response within 30 calendar days of receipt of your request.
Changes to this policy
If this privacy notice changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. By regularly reviewing this page, you can ensure that you are aware of the information that we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we share it with others.
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