Privacy notice - Criminal Investigation and Prosecution Team

Information on Criminal Investigation and Prosecution Team privacy policy, why we require data, what we do with the data and your rights.

The Food Standards Agency is what is known as the ‘Controller’ of the personal data provided to us. 

Why we need it

We hold this information for the purpose of the investigation, detection or prosecution of offences under food hygiene, food safety and animal welfare legislation.  

What information we hold

The personal information we hold consists of personal data provided by individuals and third parties in relation to witnesses and defendants linked to criminal investigations and prosecutions which will include the personal data of those individuals including names, addresses, contact details and, if cases progress to prosecution, Police National Computer record checks. 

Where we get this information from

The Food Standards Agency obtains this information either from individuals themselves or from third parties such as other public bodies and local authorities.

We do this in line with our statutory obligations under food hygiene, food safety and animal welfare legislation, for reasons of substantial public interest and under the authority of schedule 7 of the Data Protection Act 2018.

What we do with it

We retain personal information only for as long as necessary to carry out these functions, and in line with our retention policy. This means that this information will be retained for 7 years from receipt.

All the personal data we process is located on servers within the European Union. Our cloud based services have been procured through the government framework agreements and these services have been assessed against the national cyber security centre cloud security principles.

No third parties have access to your personal data unless the law allows them to do so. In line with this commitment your information may be passed to other competent authorities such as government departments, public bodies and organisations which perform public functions for investigation or prosecution purposes or when it is in the substantial public interest.

Your rights

You have a right to ask to see the information we hold on you by making a request in writing to the email address below. If at any point you believe the information we process on you is incorrect you can request to have it corrected. You also have the right to request to have the information erased or to restrict its processing.  If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter.

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can contact the ICO at:

Information Governance Department
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF