The purpose of this policy is to detail the procedures for the retention and disposal of personal information records, to ensure that we carry this out consistently and that we fully document any actions taken. Unless otherwise specified the retention and disposal policy refers to both hard and soft copy records.
1.2 Review and updates
This policy was created on 1st December 2019. The Active Pregnancy Foundation will review this policy regularly to ensure it stays up to date. The last review of this policy was on 11th March 2020.
Detailed in section 1.7 is a Record Retention Schedule that is approved as the initial maintenance, retention and disposal schedule for both physical and electronic records belonging to The Active Pregnancy Foundation. Ms Alexandra McCabe (the “Administrator”) is the officer in charge of the administration of this policy and the implementation of processes and procedures to ensure that the Record Retention Schedule is followed. The Administrator is also authorised to make modifications to the Record Retention Schedule to ensure it is in compliance with local laws.
1.4 Suspension of record disposal in event of legal claims
In the event that The Active Pregnancy Foundation is served with any legal requests for documents relating to a specific individual, any further disposal of documents shall be suspended until the Administrator deems otherwise. When record disposal resumes, all records that have passed their disposal date will be retrospectively handled.
1.5 Audit trail
Disposal of records that have been listed on the Record Retention Schedule will not be recorded. Records disposed of out with the schedule either by being disposed of earlier or kept for longer than listed will be recorded for audit purposes. This will provide an audit trail for any inspections conducted by the Information Commissioner and will aid in addressing Freedom of Information requests where The Active Pregnancy Foundation no longer holds the material.
1.6 Disposal method
When disposing of a physical record, pages will be shredded if all data on said page is required to be destroyed. If a page has both data that is required to be disposed of, as well as data that is required to be kept, the data to be disposed of will be either cut out of the page or obscured using some form of correctional fluid.
Disposing of electronic records will be done with standard deletion methods available on Windows operating systems.
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Our service does not address anyone under the age of 13 (“Children”). We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will take steps to remove that information from our servers.
This policy shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
Right of access, amendment and deletion of personal data
In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation released on 25th May 2018 you have the right to access, rectify, restrict and delete any information that we hold relating to you. Please make any such request via the contact us page. In accordance with the terms of the new regulation, we will respond to you within one month.