When you make an application to register to vote, we hold your details for the purposes of electoral registration.
Personal data we collect
We collect your name, address, National Insurance number, date of birth, nationality and contact details.
Once we verify your registration, we add your name and address to the electoral register. We will also add your name and address to the open register, unless you chose to opt out.
Why do we collect it?
The information that we collect is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest and exercise of official authority as vested in the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) as set out in Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated regulations.
Some of the information that we collect is classified as special category personal data. This is processed for reason of substantial public interest as set out in Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated regulations, and complies with our data protection policies.
Who do we share your data with?
We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes and other purposes specified in law, outlined below. We will look after your personal information securely and we will follow the data protection legislation. We will not share any of the information we hold about you with any third party, unless we have to by law.
We are required by law to verify your identity and therefore your name, National Insurance Number and date of birth will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office. As part of this process, your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service.
If you provide a telephone number or email address, we only use it to contact you about your electoral registration. We do not share it with any third party.