Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notices

All Souls College Data Protection Policy

Trinity Term 2018


1. Purpose and scope

This policy provides a framework for ensuring that All Souls College meets its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and associated legislation ('data privacy legislation').

It applies to all processing of personal data carried out for a College purpose, irrespective of whether the data is processed on non-College-owned equipment or by third parties.

'Personal data' means any information relating to an identifiable living individual who can be identified from that data or from that data and other data.  'Processing' means anything that is done with personal data, including collection, storage, use, disclosure and deletion.

More stringent conditions apply to the processing of special category personal data.

'Special category' means personal data revealing 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 an individual, data concerning health or data concerning an individual’s sex life or sexual orientation.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the accompanying guidance, which provides further detail and advice on practical application, as well as any other documents that impose confidentiality or data management obligations in respect of information held by the College.

This policy does not cover the use of personal data by members of the College when acting in a private or non-College capacity.

2. Background

The processing of personal data underpins much of what the College does. Without it, the College cannot operate.  By not handling personal data properly, we could put individuals (Fellows, staff, visitors, and others who use our facilities) at risk.

There are also legal, financial and reputational risks for the College and the wider University.  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which enforces data privacy legislation, has the power to fine organisations up to 4% of global annual turnover for serious breaches.

3. Principles

The processing of personal data must comply with data privacy legislation and, in particular, the six data privacy principles.  These principles are explained in detail on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

In summary, they require that personal data is:

  • processed fairly, lawfully and in a transparent manner;
  • used only for limited, specified stated purposes and not used or disclosed in any way incompatible with those purposes;
  • adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary;
  • accurate and, where necessary, up-to-date;
  • not kept for longer than necessary; and
  • kept safe and secure.

In addition, a new accountability principle requires us to be able to evidence compliance with these principles.

4. Aims and commitments

All Souls College handles a considerable amount of personal data and takes seriously its responsibilities under data privacy legislation.  It recognises that the mishandling of an individual’s personal data may cause them distress or put them at risk of identity fraud. As a result, it is committed to:

  • complying fully with data privacy legislation;
  • where practicable, adhering to good practice, as issued by the ICO or other appropriate bodies; and
  • handling an individual’s personal data in a careful and considerate manner that recognises the importance of such information to their privacy and welfare.

The College seeks to achieve these aims by:

  • ensuring that all Fellows, staff, and other individuals or contractors who process data for College purposes are made aware of their individual responsibilities under data privacy legislation and how these apply to their areas of work.  For example, staff employment  contracts and job descriptions include a clause drawing the attention of the employee to data privacy legislation and the College’s data protection policy and all Fellows and staff are required to read and sign a copy of this policy;
  • providing suitable training, guidance and advice.  (The University provides an online training course on data privacy and information security which is available to all members of the University.)  The online course is supplemented by training and guidance, as and where appropriate, to enable all Fellows and staff to discharge their responsibilities for data protection appropriately;
  • incorporating data privacy requirements into administrative procedures where these involve the processing of personal data, particularly in relation to major information systems, such as the College on-line Fellowship application processes  (the concept of 'privacy by design').
  • providing  procedures for the processing of subject access and other rights based requests made by individuals; and
  • investigating promptly any suspected breach of data privacy legislation; reporting it, where necessary, to the ICO; and seeking to learn any lessons from the incident in order to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

5. Roles and responsibilities

Stated General Meeting

The Warden and Fellows of the College (the Governing Body) in the Stated General Meeting have executive responsibility for ensuring that the College complies with data privacy legislation.

The Warden and Fellows are supported by:
(i) the General Purposes Committee, which under the Stated General Meeting is responsible for keeping under review the College’s policies; and
(ii) the Audit Committee which is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the College’s system of internal controls (financial and non-financial) and its processes for compliance with legislation and regulatory requirements.

Data Protection Officer (DPO)

The DPO is responsible for:

  • advising the College (Fellows and staff) on their responsibilities and obligations to comply with GDPR and other data protection legislation;
  • developing appropriate policies and procedures to enable them to comply with these obligations;
  • establishing and maintaining guidance and training materials on data privacy legislation and specific compliance issues;
  • monitoring compliance, and acting as a point of contact for individuals and the ICO;
  • maintaining a College-wide register of data processing activity and ensuring that all those who control or process personal data are aware of their responsibilities;
  • supporting privacy by design and privacy impact assessments;
  • ensuring that subject access and other rights based requests made by individuals for copies of their personal data are fulfilled;
  • investigating and responding to complaints regarding data privacy (including requests to cease the processing of personal data); and
  • keeping records of personal data breaches, notifying the ICO of any significant breaches and responding to any requests that it may make for further information.

In fulfilling these responsibilities, the DPO may also involve and draw on support from Fellows, staff, and appropriate external advisers.

College Officers, Fellows, Heads of Department and members of the College administrative team

All Fellows, the Manciple, Heads of Department (including the Librarian-in-Charge) and all staff whose work involves the processing of personal data are responsible for ensuring that the processing of personal data in their department or area of responsibility conforms to the requirements of data privacy legislation and this policy.  In particular, they must ensure that:

  • new and existing staff, visitors or third parties associated with the College who are likely to process personal data are aware of their responsibilities under data privacy legislation.  This includes drawing the attention of new Fellows and staff to the requirements of this policy, ensuring that those who have responsibility for handling personal data are provided with adequate training and, where appropriate, ensuring that job descriptions for members of staff or agreements with relevant third parties reference data privacy responsibilities;
  • records of processing activities are kept (including consulting the Domestic Bursar or Data Protection Officer if it is proposed to create a new processing activity or significantly change an existing electronic or paper one; all such information assets and data processing activity must be included on the College Information Asset register);
  • data protection requirements are embedded into systems and processes by adopting a 'privacy by design' approach and undertaking privacy impact assessments where appropriate;
  • privacy notices are provided where data is collected directly from individuals or where data is used in non-standard ways;
  • data sharing is conducted in accordance with College and University guidance;
  • requests from the Data Protection Officer for information are complied with promptly;
  • data privacy risks are included in the College’s risk management framework and considered by senior management on a regular basis; and
  • policies and procedures to ensure compliance with GDPR and data protection obligations are adopted where appropriate.

Others processing personal data for a College purpose e.g. staff, Fellows and volunteers

Anyone who processes personal data for a College purpose is individually responsible for complying with data privacy legislation, this policy and any other policy, guidance, procedures, and/or training introduced by the University to comply with data privacy legislation.  For detailed guidance, they should refer to the University’s Guidance on Data Protection and any relevant College policies and procedures.  In summary, they must ensure that they:

  • only use personal data in ways people would expect and for the purposes for which it was collected;
  • use a minimum amount of personal data and only hold it for as long as is strictly necessary;
  • keep personal data up-to-date;
  • keep personal data secure, in accordance with the College’s Information Security Policy;
  • do not disclose personal data to unauthorised persons, whether inside or outside the College;
  • complete relevant training as required;
  • report promptly any suspected breaches of data privacy legislation, in accordance with the procedure in section 6 below, and following any recommended next steps;
  • seek advice from the Data Protection Officer where they are unsure how to comply with data privacy legislation; and
  • promptly respond to any requests from the Data Protection Officer in connection with subject access and other rights based requests and complaints.

Breaches of data privacy legislation

The College will investigate incidents involving a possible breach of data privacy legislation in order to ensure that, where necessary, appropriate action is taken to mitigate the consequences and prevent a repetition of similar incidents in future.  Depending on the nature and severity of the incident, it may also be necessary to notify the individuals affected and/or the ICO. A breach will occur where, for example, personal data is disclosed or made available to unauthorised persons or personal data is used in a way that the individual does not expect.

Incidents involving failures of IT systems or processes must be reported to the College Computer Officer at, telephone (2)79323 or Oxford University Computer Emergency Response Team (OxCert) within 4 working hours of discovery.  OxCert will liaise, as appropriate, with the College Computer Officer and the College Data Protection Officer.

6. Compliance

The College regards any breach of data privacy, this policy or any other policy and/or training introduced by the College from time to time to comply with data privacy legislation as a serious matter, which may result in disciplinary action.  Depending on the nature of the breach, an individual may also find that they are personally liable (for example, it can be a criminal offence for a member of the College to disclose personal information unlawfully).

7. Further information

Questions about this policy and data privacy matters in general should be directed to the College Data Protection Officer, or the Domestic Bursar. 

8. Review and development

This policy, and supporting guidance, will apply with effect from 25 May 2018, and is due for formal adoption at the College Stated General Meeting on 9 June 2018.  It will be reviewed during the 2018/19 academic year to take into account outstanding ICO guidance and the final form of national legislation underpinning the GDPR.

9. Related policies, Privacy Notices, and Records of Processing Activities

This policy should be read in conjunction with related policies and regulations, including the:

See also the practical guidance on mobile device security on the Computing pages of the Intranet. 

For details of the College’s Privacy Notices and associated Records of Processing Activities (which indicate the legal basis for the College holding and processing the data and the period for which the records are maintained), please see and