Right to be forgotten
To excercise your right to be forgotten, please complete this short form.
How we will comply with this request
- Upon receipt, within 5 working days, we will remove your information from our live database and mailing lists.
- We retain rolling backups of our data, twice a day, for 45 days. Your information will remain in these backups until the end of our retention policy. In the event of disaster and we need to restore our data, our team will ensure all requests to remove information from our database are processed again as soon as reasonably practical. You may during this time, receive communications from us, however we will do everything that is reasonably possible to ensure this doesn't happen
- You will receive up-to 3 additional communications from us, from our accounts department, IT department or marketing department, to confirm your details have been removed from our live system.
- the personal data is no longer necessary for the purpose which you originally collected or processed it for;
- you are relying on consent as your lawful basis for holding the data, and the individual withdraws their consent;
- you are relying on legitimate interests as your basis for processing, the individual objects to the processing of their data, and there is no overriding legitimate interest to continue this processing;
- you are processing the personal data for direct marketing purposes and the individual objects to that processing;
- you have processed the personal data unlawfully (ie in breach of the lawfulness requirement of the 1st principle);
- you have to do it to comply with a legal obligation; or
- you have processed the personal data to offer information society services to a child.
- to exercise the right of freedom of expression and information;
- to comply with a legal obligation;
- for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority;
- for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific research historical research or statistical purposes where erasure is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of that processing; or
- for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
What is the right to be forgotten?
Under Article 17 of the GDPR individuals have the right to have personal data erased. This is also known as the ‘right to be forgotten'. The right is not absolute and only applies in certain circumstances.
When does the right to erasure apply?Individuals have the right to have their personal data erased if:
When does the right to erasure not apply?
The right to erasure does not apply if processing is necessary for one of the following reasons:
The GDPR also specifies two circumstances where the right to erasure will not apply to special category data:
- if the processing is necessary for public health purposes in the public interest (eg protecting against serious cross-border threats to health, or ensuring high standards of quality and safety of health care and of medicinal products or medical devices); or
- if the processing is necessary for the purposes of preventative or occupational medicine (eg where the processing is necessary for the working capacity of an employee; for medical diagnosis; for the provision of health or social care; or for the management of health or social care systems or services). This only applies where the data is being processed by or under the responsibility of a professional subject to a legal obligation of professional secrecy (eg a health professional).