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Privacy Policy


Sussex Nature Recovery is run by East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council.



Who are we?


Sussex Nature Recovery is an East Sussex and West Sussex County Councils led project with public, private and voluntary sector partners working together to develop the two Local Nature Recovery Strategies for Sussex. 


Thank you for your interest in being involved with the Sussex Nature Recovery project. As part of your engagement with the project we may collect personal data.


East Sussex and West Sussex County Councils are joint data controllers and are responsible for the processing of personal data.


We will:

  • Only collect personal data for specified purposes
  • Explain why we are collecting personal data
  • Where necessary, seek consent relating to the use of personal data
  • Retain personal data securely and
  • Only hold personal data for a specified amount of time after which it will be deleted.

This notice should provide you will all the information you need, however, if you have any questions regarding this policy or our privacy practices, then please contact your respective County Council Sussex Nature Recovery team by email at:


East Sussex and Brighton & Hove:  EastSussexLNRS@eastsussex.gov.uk

West Sussex: WestSussexLNRS@westsussex.gov.uk



How do we collect information from you?


We obtain information about you when you contact us or access any of our products and services. This will usually be through a contact, application or registration form or survey submitted to us either:

  • Digitally through our website, 
  • Digitally through a platform you have accessed from our website, such as SurveyMonkey (for surveys), Zoom or Eventbrite (for event registrations) or Brevo (for newsletter subscriptions),
  • As a hard copy sent to us through the post or passed to one of our staff in person.

We collect and process information for the performance of a public task. Where we rely on consent, this will be made clear to you.



What information do we collect?


The personal information we collect is different for each service we provide but will usually include your name, contact details, relevant organisation, and information needed to provide you with the specified service.


We will state clearly the information we will be collecting when you apply, enter or sign up for a service. If you would like to find our more information about a specific product or service related to Sussex Nature Recovery then please visit the relevant webpage on our website (www.SussexNatureRecovery.org.uk) or contact your respective County Council Sussex Nature Recovery team by email at:


East Sussex and Brighton & Hove:  EastSussexLNRS@eastsussex.gov.uk

West Sussex: WestSussexLNRS@westsussex.gov.uk



How is your information used?


We may use your information to:

  • Send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you such as our newsletter
  • Process requests that you have submitted in accordance with the relevant criteria and terms and conditions
  • Assess if we are hearing from a cross-section of Sussex residents and/or organisations, via your responses to a survey
  • Seek your views or comments on the services we provide such as during public consutlations on the draft Local Nature Recovery Strategy documents
  • Notify you of changes to our services


How long will we hold your information?


We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are required by law to keep some information, but in general we will only keep information for as long as is necessary for the relevant service or for as long as is set out in any contract you hold with us. 


Who has access to your information?


We will not sell or rent your information to third parties or share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.  We may pass your information to our third-party partners and other associated organisations for the purpose of providing services requested by you. However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service.



Your Rights


Under the GDPR you have a number of rights that you can access exercise free of charge which allow you to:

  • Know what we are doing with your information and why we are doing it
  • Ask to see what information we hold about you
  • Ask us to correct any mistakes in the information we hold about you
  • Object to direct marketing
  • Make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office


Depending on our reason for using your information you may also be entitled to:

  • Ask us to delete information we hold about you
  • Ask us to update information we hold about you
  • Have your information transferred electronically to yourself or to another organisation
  • Object to decisions being made that significantly affect you
  • Object to how we are using your information
  • Stop us using your information in certain ways


We will always seek to comply with your request however we may be required to hold or use your information to comply with legal duties. Please note: your request may delay or restrict your involvement with Sussex Nature Recovery or prevent you from accessing its services.


Opting out of Newsletters


If you have previously given your consent to receiving email updates on the work of Sussex Nature Recovery (which you do by giving us your email address), but you no longer wish to receive these emails, you can opt out of future commuincations at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of a newsletter email. Please note it may take 30 days to fufil your request. 


For further information about your rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the guidance from the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) on individuals’ rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.


Keeping your personal information secure


We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.


We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.


Who to Contact


Please contact the Data Protection Officer to exercise any of your rights, or if you have a complaint about why your information has been collected, how it has been used or how long we have kept it for.


You can contact our Data Protection Officers at your respective County Council for:

East Sussex and Brighton & Hove: DPO@eastsussex.gov.uk

West Sussex: dataprotection@westsussex.gov.uk


The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at https://ico.org.uk/concerns or telephone 03031 231113.

For further information visit East Sussex County Councils privacy  and West Sussex County Councils privacy policy.