When processing your personal, special category personal or criminal/law enforcement data, Westmorland and Furness Council (‘the council’) is required under Articles 13 and 14 of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UKGDPR) to provide you with the information contained in this Privacy Notice.

This notice explains what the council will collect, who it will be shared with, why we need it and how we will use it. The council will continually review and update this Privacy Notice to reflect service changes, feedback from customers and changes in the law.

The council is also required to comply with the data protection principles as laid out in the UKGDPR, to ensure that personal data is:

  • processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner
  • collected for specific, explicit, and legitimate purposes
  • adequate, relevant, and limited to the purposes for which it was collected
  • accurate and up to date
  • kept for no longer than is necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was collected
  • secured using appropriate technical or organisational measures

Local Government Reorganisation (LGR)

As of 1 April 2023, Westmorland and Furness Council will replace Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council, Eden District Council and South Lakeland District Council, as well as services previously delivered by Cumbria County Council.

Local Government Reorganisation is a complex process and there will be a period of transition to allow for services and support systems to be securely transferred.

During this time existing arrangements for data processing will be maintained until they can be reviewed, and new Privacy Notices issued.


As an organisation that processes large amounts of personal, special category personal or criminal/law enforcement data, referred to in legislation as a data controller, the council is required to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Name: Westmorland and Furness Council

Address: South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4DQ

Registration number: ZB512761

Information Commissioner's Office: Westmorland and Furness Council Registration Certificate

In most cases Westmorland and Furness Council is the data controller, however there may be instances where data is shared with another party as joint Data Controllers, or where the Council is operating as a data processor for another party.

Personal data

UKGDPR Article 4 defines personal data as: any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ('data subject'); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

Special category personal data

UKGDPR Article 9 defines special category personal data as: racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation.

Criminal/law enforcement data

The council is a competent authority as described in Schedule 7 of the Data Protection Act 2018 and is permitted to process data for law enforcement purposes that include: the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security.