How we protect your information
This page explains how we use any information you give to us via our website, and the ways in which we protect your privacy.
Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. Trafford Council respects your privacy. The information that you provide us with or that is gathered automatically helps us to monitor our service and ensure that our web services are effective and useful.
We use leading technologies to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. We do not pass on your details to any third party or government department.
You can access www.trafford.gov.uk without disclosing personal information.
We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site.
What information do we collect?
We collect three kinds of information from visitors to www.trafford.gov.uk:
- person and enquiry information
- feedback (through emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and other enquiry email addresses)
- site usage information, from cookies and log files
Person and Enquiry Information
You do not have to register to use www.trafford.gov.uk, but particular parts of the site do require you to submit information including name, address and email address. In addition to this, some services require you to provide information relating to the enquiry or service being used.
At present, the areas of the website which collect this type of information are as follows:
- Choice Homes housing lettings system
- Request a Housing Repair
- Access Trafford comment form
We do not use this information to trace your identity and do not pass it on to any third party or government department.
We welcome your feedback. You can contact us by emailing email@example.com. Enquiries relating to the Trafford website should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you send an email asking for information, we may need to contact other council departments to find that information. If your question is technical, we may need to pass it to our IT section. We do not pass on any of your personal information when dealing with your enquiry, unless you have given us permission to do so. Once we have replied to you, we may keep a record of your messages for reference and audit purposes.
Site Usage Information
Cookies are pieces of data often created when you visit a website, and which are stored on your computer. A cookie is created when you visit www.trafford.gov.uk which stores a random number on your computer. We use this cookie to count the number of times users return to our site. Cookies are also used from time to time to facilitate some systems which transfer data between pages.
The cookies do not contain any personal information about you, and they cannot be used to identify an individual user.
You can set your browser not to accept cookies. This may stop certain parts of the site functioning.
Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. We analyse log file information from our visitors, which we use to make changes to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it.
Log files do not contain any personal information and they are not used to identify any individual patterns of use of the site.