Court summons privacy notice

This privacy notice should be read in conjunction with Colchester City Council’s Privacy Policy.

This privacy notice sets out what personal data we will use, how we will use it, and why we need to in respect of court summons paperwork for cases relating to unpaid Business Rates and unpaid Council Tax.

You will receive a court summons if you fail to pay your Council Tax or Business Rates after a reminder/final notice or you have not been in touch to agree a revised payment plan.

The summons will tell you the date and time of the hearing at the local Magistrates’ Court and the amount we are seeking to recover.

Information collected

We collect and process personal data that you provide to us which may include:

  • name
  • contact details (such as address, telephone number, email address)
  • banking or payment details

Agencies we may share your data with

Whilst working with you, we may share your information with some of the following third parties:

  • Magistrates Courts
  • Enforcement Agents
  • Employers
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Blake Morgan Solicitors (who are contracted by the council for the purpose of Bankruptcy / Charging orders)
  • Evelynn / Opus (Insolvency Practitioner)

The purpose and lawful basis for processing

The lawful basis for the processing of your personal data is a legal obligation. Colchester City Council requires the above information in order to enforce recovering costs where money is owed. We only request the minimum amount of information and ensure that is it stored securely. 

How long will we keep your personal data?

We will only hold your personal data for as long as necessary and in line with our retention schedules. Currently, Colchester City Council holds court summons paperwork for 6 years plus the current year.

How we protect and store your personal data

We take the confidentiality of personal information very seriously and use recognised security and access controls to protect your information from unauthorised access, loss, misuse, alteration or corruption. We have procedures and processes in place to ensure that your personal information is managed appropriately.

Your information may be held outside of the UK. Where this is the case, we ensure that additional measures are in place to protect your data and to ensure that we continue to comply with data protection requirements.

We use cloud providers and online application providers to help us run our business. Therefore the use of some of our systems may include the transfer of your personal data to other countries. Your data will only be transferred to other countries which have adequate provision in place to protect personal data to an equivalent level as personal data held in the UK.

Updates to this privacy notice

We will continually review and update this privacy notice to reflect changes in our processes and procedures, as well as to comply with changes in the law. When such changes occur, we will revise the 'last updated' date on this notice.

We encourage you to periodically review this notice and to be informed of how we are protecting your information.

Page last reviewed: 23 May 2024


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