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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: 30 June 2021
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The Food Standards Agency is what is known as the ‘Controller’ of the personal data provided to us. 

Purpose and lawful basis for processing 

The personal information we hold on you consists of: the name of the food business operator, the registered business address and the business telephone number. The Food Standards Agency obtains this information from local authorities.

We need to collect this information for the purpose of publishing food hygiene ratings. We also combine the information with business insight data supplied by a market intelligence provider, in order to carry out analysis. 

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. Contact details will be held for 6 years from receipt.

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, your personal information or any questions on our use of the information, please email our Data Protection Officer in the FSA, who is the Information Management and Security Team Leader using the address below.