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Data Protection Policy

Unionlearn, which is part of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has an overarching objective to help unions spread a lifelong learning message to members. The TUC is registered as a data controller under the 1998 Data Protection Act (the Act) - registration no. Z8053646. 


Unionlearn recognises its legal obligation to comply with the Act. It processes personal and sensitive personal data in order to achieve its goals and in particular to:

  • Strengthen union capacity on learning by training and supporting over 35,000 union learning representatives and by supporting over 200,000 learning opportunities each year.
  • Provide effective union representation in the workplace by training union representatives and union professionals.
  • Monitor and improve the effectiveness of Unionlearn.
  • Meeting the requirements of external funding bodies who resource certain Unionlearn activities.

Unionlearn collects and uses certain types of information about people with whom it deals. These include union learning representatives, learners, union members, current, past and prospective employees and suppliers, including providers. 

Unionlearn fully endorses and adheres to the principles of the Act. It has implemented data protection policies and procedures to help ensure that employees and union learning representatives treat personal information lawfully and correctly. Steps have also been taken to ensure that employees and union learning representatives who manage and handle personal information are appropriately trained to do so and that data handling processes and procedures are regularly reviewed and audited for compliance.

All unionlearn employees and union learning representatives are responsible for complying with the Act. Managers are responsible for supervising their staff and overseeing compliance. 

The Act includes eight data protection principles. Unionlearn is committed to complying with these principles and all other aspects of the Act and in particular will seek to ensure that the personal data it holds is:-

(i) processed fairly and lawfully

  • we will ensure that individuals whose data we hold know what we intend to do with their personal information
  • we will seek the individual’s consent to our processing of their personal data

(ii) obtained for specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes

  • we will use the personal data that we hold for our purposes only and in accordance with the processing purposes as stated in our notification with the Information Commissioner’s Office

(iii) adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purposes for which it is held 

  • we will only store and use individuals’ personal data for our reasonable and legitimate activities

(iv) accurate and up to date

  • we will always try to ensure the quality of our information
  • we welcome and encourage individuals to inform us if they believe any of our information is inaccurate so that we can update our information sources accordingly

(v) not kept for longer than necessary for the purposes for which it is held

  • we operate a retention policy to ensure that old or surplus personal data is removed from our records after a reasonable time

(vi) processed in accordance with the rights of the individual concerned

  • we will seek to comply with individual requests and notices 
  • we will provide data subject access to personal information in accordance with the Act
  • we will prevent processing in certain circumstances, if requested
  • we will correct, rectify, block or erase information which is regarded as wrong information, when notified

(vii) kept securely to avoid accidental loss, destruction or damage to personal data

  • we operate appropriate organisational and technical security arrangements in relation to all personal data we hold

(viii) not transferred out of the European Economic Area (EEA) without appropriate safeguards

  • we recognise that personal data need to be treated with particular care in countries which do not have reciprocal data protection laws
  • we will not transfer personal data outside the EEA without the individual’s consent or suitable safeguards 

Please contact the TUC Information Manager at Congress House, WC1B 3LS, if you have any questions or comments in respect of this data protection policy.


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