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Privacy notice - Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Information on our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme's privacy policy, why we require data, what we do with the data and your rights.

Last updated: 2 June 2023
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Last updated: 2 June 2023
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For the purpose of this Privacy Notice the Food Standards Agency and local Authorities are what is known as ‘Joint Controllers’ of the personal data provided to us. 

The personal data we collect 

  • name of the food business
  • registered address of the business
  • business telephone number

How do we collect your personal data

The Food Standards Agency obtains this information from Local Authorities. It is the Local Authorities’ responsibility to decide whether your information is suitable to be published by the Food Standards Agency. 

Purpose and lawful basis for processing

We need to collect this information for the purpose of publishing food hygiene ratings. We will analyse the data (and may combine it with other data) to: 

  1. fulfil our responsibility to review operation of the FHRS 
  2. monitor how consistently local authorities are delivering the scheme 
  3. report on trends, such as overall business hygiene compliance
  4. inform research and development that may improve the scheme.

We do this in line with the performance of our statutory duties and the exercise of the official authorities vested in the FSA and the performance of tasks carried out in the public interest. We will not collect any personal data from you which we do not need. 

How and where we store your data and who we may share it with 

For more information on how and where we store your data and who we may share it with see our Personal Information Charter.  

We retain personal information only for as long as necessary to carry out these functions, and in line with our retention policy. 

International transfers  

For more information on international transfers, please see the International transfers section in our Personal Information Charter.  

EU citizens  

For more information on EU Citizens Privacy Notice, please see the EU citizens section in our Personal Information Charter. 

Your rights

For more information on your rights, please see the Your rights section in our Personal Information Charter.  

Contact us  

If you have any queries concerning this Privacy Notice please email our Data Protection Officer in the FSA, who is the Information Management and Security Team Leader using the address below.