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Privacy Notice

Jewish Blind & Disabled (JBD) is a company registered in England and Wales (number 00959535) and registered with the Charity Commission (number 259480). Our registered address is 35 Langstone Way, Mill Hill East, London, NW7 1GT.

References in this Privacy Notice to ‘JBD’, ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’ mean ‘Jewish Blind & Disabled’.

JBD transforms the lives of Jewish adults, aged 18 upwards, who have a physical disability and/ or vision impairment through independent living and support. This is provided through our specially adapted mobility apartments located in one of our unique, supportive developments or within their own home.

Detailed information about our company and our services can be found on our website.

JBD is a ‘data controller’ for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) and the UK General Data Protection Regulation (‘UK GDPR’): we are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), registration number ZA567644.

Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) can be contacted via: dataprotection@jbd.org

We are committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. Please read this Privacy Notice carefully to understand our practices regarding the processing of your personal data.

What types of information do we collect from you? 

Personal data

In this Privacy Notice, the term “personal data”, means information relating to you that allows us to identify you either directly, or in combination with other information we hold.

When you contact us by email, telephone or via our website, we may collect your personal data including your name, address, telephone number and date of birth (where relevant).

Special Categories of Personal Data

The UK GDPR defines special categories of personal data as information about a person’s race and ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union memberships, political opinions, genetic data, biometric and health data, and information concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.

Criminal Offence data

Criminal offence data is data relating to criminal convictions and allegations of criminal activity. This includes information disclosed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) under the Government’s employment vetting scheme.

The following sections will answer any questions you have but if not, please contact us using any of the methods shown in the section below entitled “How Do I contact you?”.

What lawful process do we use to process your personal data? 

The lawful bases for processing are set out in Article 6 of the GDPR. At least one of these must apply whenever personal data is processed by us:

  1. Consent: we collect and process your data with your consent. This may include when you agree to receive an email about the ways in which we can support you or how you would like to receive information about us or our services.
  2. Contract performance: the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract you have with us, or for the purposes of entering into a contract with us.
  3. Compliance with legal obligation: the processing is necessary for us to comply with the law for tax, social security, and employment purposes etc. This will include sharing with law enforcement agencies details of people involved in fraud or other criminal activity.
  4. Protection of vital interests: the processing is vital to an individual’s vital interests.
  5. Public interest: the processing is necessary to perform a task that is in the public interest or for an official function, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.
  6. Legitimate interests: the processing is necessary for our legitimate interests, or the legitimate interests of a third-party, unless there is a good reason to protect the individual’s personal data that overrides those legitimate interests.
  7. We rely on the lawful basis of ‘legitimate interests’ to process your personal information under the Independent Living Advisory Service that JBD offers to the wider Jewish community. We believe that collecting, storing and sharing your personal information with third parties such as Independent Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, GPs and relevant teams in the Local Authority, plus members of your own family (as appropriate), is in both yours and our legitimate interests insofar as it enables JBD to support you in your own home by providing funding for adaptions and/or provide you with appropriate aids to support independent living. You can opt-out of the Independent Living Advisory Service at any time (details below): however, should you choose to do so, we will not be able to provide you with any form of financial assistance or support.

Conditions to process special category personal data

We rely on the following conditions (as appropriate) under Article 9 of the UK GDPR to process special categories of personal data:

  1. Explicit consent
  2. Employment, social security, and social protection (if authorised by law)
  3. Vital interests
  4. Not-for-profit bodies
  5. Made public by the data subject
  6. Legal claims or judicial acts
  7. Reasons of substantial public interest (with a basis in law)
  8. Health or social care (with a basis in law)
  9. Public health (with a basis in law)
  10. Archiving, research, and statistics (with a basis in law)

We aim to collect the least amount of special category data as possible for our processing purposes.

The processing of special category data is covered by relevant policies and procedures and all processing activities involving the processing of special categories of personal are listed in our ‘Record of Processing Activity’.

Further legal controls are applied to the processing of criminal offence data. Such data is processed under the substantial public interest conditions listed in Schedule 1, DPA 2018.

The data processing principles

The law requires us to:

  • Process your data in a lawful, fair and transparent way;
  • Only collect your data for explicit and legitimate purposes;
  • Only collect data that is relevant, and limited to the purpose(s) we have told you about;
  • Ensure that your data is accurate and up to date;
  • Ensure that your data is only kept as long as necessary for the purpose(s) we have told you about;
  • Ensure that appropriate security measures are used to protect your data.

Personal data we collect:

We collect your information when you complete our forms, email us, or contact us via our website or social media. This includes information provided by you at the time of registering with us to become a member of staff, entering into a contract for our services, supporting or subscribing to our services, requesting materials or to request further services, responding to a survey or visit our website, and/or when you report a problem with any of our communication channels or services.

We may collect personal information from you in the following ways:

  • When you make a phone call e-mail us to seek information about our services
  • Recruitment and employment, including agents, suppliers and contractors
  • When you have donated to us via any method whether directly or indirectly
  • You have used our services or benefited from the Charity anyhow including tenancy
  • Through our use of Cookies on our website (please see Cookies section below)
  • Through your request for publications and other marketing materials
  • Through your request for information about our services and related events
  • Through your registration for events
  • Through your contacting us with enquiries and comments
  • Through tickets purchasing
  • Through volunteering and event attendance
  • ‘Next of kin’ information provided by our staff or tenants

The information we may collect in relation to the foregoing includes but is not limited to:

  • Your name, address, email address and other contact information
  • Occupation, skills and professional activity, network(s) and interests where relevant
  • Other relevant personal details (e.g. age group, interests, subscriptions, and etc.)
  • Records of your correspondence with us, meeting notes, attendance at events etc.
  • Use of social media relating to us;
  • Health data
  • Protected characteristics
  • Interests
  • Donation history
  • Records of volunteering
  • Financial information
  • Details of your visit to the website
  • Multimedia files such as photographs and video footages
  • Photographs and video through our CCTV system
  • Information about your service user experiences and
  • staff details relevant to their employment status with us;
  • information about your access to our databases etc.
  • transaction details you provide to us for the fulfilment of your orders; and
  • information provided in the surveys we may ask you to complete.

We also collect any other information that you provide to us when you submit an application for tenancy, such as health information including details of disability and Safeguarding necessities or other circumstantial details.

How do we use the information about you?

We collect personal data in order to manage our functions across our many activities and locations including, but limited to, the following:

  • To provide you with the services you have requested;
  • To comply with the Act and the UK GDPR;
  • For administrative purposes;
  • To assess enquiries; and
  • To provide you with information about us and our services.

Examples of when we will collect your personal data include, but are not limited to:

  • When you seek our support;
  • When you apply for a job with us or request information about our vacancies;
  • When you are a staff member;
  • When you become a registered supporter e.g. a volunteer;
  • When you are engaged by us as a contractor;
  • When you visit our premises and/or our attend one of our events;
  • When you communicate with us by letter, phone call, email or social media; and
  • When you access or engage with our website.

We will only use your personal data for the purpose it was collected. The data we collect could be in an electronic or paper format. If we believe your data is no longer needed for this purpose, we will not process your data any further.

When we interact with you, we may also collect notes from our conversations with you, and the details of any complaints or comments you make.

We may also collect your social media username if you interact with us through those channels so that we can respond to your comments or questions and provide feedback. Data privacy laws allow this as part of our legitimate interest in understanding our audience.

We may send you relevant and personalised communications by post. We will do this on the basis of our legitimate interest but only after certain risk assessments have been undertaken. You are free to opt out of hearing from us by any channels at any time.

Personal Data processed for recruitment purposes

We collect personal data on our employees as part of the administration, management, and promotion of our business activities.

Where an individual is applying to work for us, personal data is collected through the application process. Data is often collected through the application form or CV that is submitted to us.

There are several purposes that personal data for applicants are collected.

  • Employment. We process an applicant’s personal data in order to assess their potential employment with us.
  • Volunteering. We process the personal data of volunteers in order to assess their potential placements with us.
  • Administration and management. We may also use this personal data in order to make informed management decisions and for administration purposes.

Personal data collected from applicants is held only for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it was collected, or for a maximum of two years thereafter where the purpose has been fulfilled and retention is no longer necessary.

Our staff handbook further explains how we process the personal data we collect from our staff and partners.


To comply with Covid-19 regulations, staff may be asked for their vaccination / testing status.

Surveys and Service Messages

Sometimes we are required to inform you about certain changes. These service messages will not include any fundraising or marketing content and do not require prior consent when sent by email. This ensures that we are compliant with our legal obligations.

We may use your data to send you a survey and feedback requests to help improve the way we communicate. These messages will not include any fundraising requests or marketing and they do not require prior consent when sent by email. It is in our legitimate interest to send these messages as doing so this helps to improve our services and make them more relevant to you. Of course, you are free to opt out of receiving any of these communications at any time.

Surveys help us to improve our services and make them more relevant to you. They are sent using the lawful basis of legitimate interest and you can opt out of receiving survey requests if you do not wish to participate.

Service messages or messages relating to you will not include any marketing or fundraising requests. You do not have to respond to either form of contact.

Our use of Cookies and other technologies

When you visit our website, we may collect your IP Address, page visited, web browser, any search criteria entered, previous web page visited and other technical information.  This information is used solely for web server monitoring and to deliver the best visitor experience.

We may use technology such as cookies to help us deliver relevant and interesting content in our communications in the future. We may profile you to find out more about you but in the least intrusive way. We may use the information we collect to display the most interesting content to you on our website. We may use data we hold about your previous visits. Please see our Cookie Policy.

If, at any time, you do not wish to receive further information about us or our services, contact us at: dataprotection@jbd.org  

Links to other websites 

Our website may also contain links to other websites of interest.  Any third-party websites are not covered by this Privacy Notice, and we encourage our users to refer to the privacy policies on the third-party website.

Sharing your personal data

We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any agreements, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of the organisation, or other individuals. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of safeguarding or other statutory regulations we must comply with as well as those organisations with whom you and we have reciprocal agreements for providing services for social care, education, or professional development. It also includes sharing your personal information with Ashton Maund Associates Limited (trading as Capacity Marketing for Charities) for the purposes of offering you a free will writing service.

We may share your personal information with Independent Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, GPs and relevant teams in the Local Authority, plus members of your own family (as appropriate), when assessing applications for financial assistance or support under the Independent Living Advisory Service.

Wealth screening 

As a registered charity, Jewish Blind & Disabled undertakes in-house research and from time to time we engage specialist agencies, such as Prospecting for Gold, to gather information about you from publicly available sources, for example, Companies House, the Electoral Register, company websites, ‘rich lists’, social networks such as LinkedIn, political and property registers, and news archives.

We may also carry out wealth screening to fast track the research using our trusted third-party partners. You will always have the right to opt out of this processing. We may also carry out research using publicly available information to identify individuals who may have an affinity to our cause but with whom we are not already in touch. We also use publicly available sources to carry out due diligence on donors in line with the charity’s Gift Acceptance Policy and to meet money laundering regulations.

This research helps us to understand more about you as an individual so we can focus the conversations we have with you about your support to Jewish Blind & Disabled and ensure that we provide you with an experience as a donor or potential donor which is appropriate for you. If you would prefer us not to use your data in this way, please email us at: dataprotection@jbd.org

How long will we hold your data?

We retain your personal data in a live environment for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose(s) for which it was collected (including as required by applicable law or regulation, typically 7+ years).

We may keep your data for longer to establish, exercise, or defend our legal rights and yours. Where there is a need, personal data is securely archived with restricted access and other appropriate safeguards where there is a need to continue to retain it.

We are required to keep details of financial transactions, including donations, for seven years to meet accountancy and HMRC requirements. We will anonymise or delete personal data if, after a period of seven years, we have not had any contact or communication from you (this will be measured on a rolling seven-year period).

We maintain a data retention criterion to help implement this. This takes account of our legal and accounting obligations, balancing this with what would be considered reasonable.

We may anonymise your personal data (so that you can no longer be identified) for research and analysis purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.

Security of your personal data

We take the privacy and security of your personal data very seriously. Accordingly, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and UK GDPR, we have implemented appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your personal data against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction, or damage.

These measures include having clear internal policies and procedures and maintaining the physical security to our premises and IT security technologies to prevent the unauthorised access, damage, and loss of your data.

Additionally, we put in place appropriate security procedures and access controls to ensure the confidentiality of the special categories of personal data that we process. For instance, information relating to the religious beliefs of our staff & tenants.

It should be noted that the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure, and while we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of any personal data transmitted to our site; any such transmission is at your own risk.

Locations of Processing

The data we collect from you is processed on our servers located in the UK. We will ensure that your personal data is provided with adequate protection if it becomes necessary to transfer your personal data to a country that has not been granted a finding of adequacy by the European Commission (EC).

Transfers of personal data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), to a country that has not been granted a finding of adequacy by the EC, will be carried out using ‘appropriate safeguards’ i.e. Binding Corporate Rules (BCR), Standard Contract Clauses (SCC) (also known as Model Contract Clauses) or in accordance with any approved Codes of Conduct. Alternatively, we will seek your consent (where appropriate), on a case-by -case basis.

What are my data subject rights?

We support your data subject rights in relation to the processing of your information under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK GDPR, including your:

  • Right to be informed (chiefly via this Privacy Notice)
  • Right of access
  • Right to rectification
  • Right to erasure
  • Right to restrict processing
  • Right to data portability
  • Right to object
  • Rights related to automated decision-making including profiling.

You can exercise any of these rights, including your right to request a copy of the information we hold about you (otherwise referred to as a Subject Access request (SAR)), by contacting us using any of the methods shown in the ‘How do I contact you?’ section (see below).

We will respond to your request as quickly as possible. Usually, this will be within one month of receiving your request.

To protect the confidentiality of your information, and in our interests, may sometimes ask you to verify your identity before proceeding with any request for information. If you have authorised a third party to submit a request on your behalf, we will ask them to prove they have your permission to request such information.

Updating my information

You may choose to correct, update, or delete your personal data by contacting us at any time using any of the methods shown in the ‘How do I contact you?’ section (see below).

If you have opted-in to receiving communications form us, your preferences will remain in effect until you tell us that you want to opt-out of receiving any further communications.

You can change your mind at any time by contacting using any of the methods shown below in the ‘How do I contact you?’ section.

Withdrawing my consent

Where we process your information based on your consent, you may withdraw your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting us using any of the methods shown in the ‘How do I contact you?’ section (see below).

Making a complaint to us

We hope you’ll never have the need to do so, but if you do want to complain about our use of your personal data, or our facilitation of your data subject rights requests, you can contact us using any of the methods shown in the ‘How do I contact you?’ section (see below).

Our Data Protection Officer will investigate your complaint and provide you with an appropriate response as quickly as possible.

Making a complaint to the Information Commissioner

You can lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner at any time. For instance, if you are unhappy with the way in which we are processing your information, or we have failed to facilitate your data subject rights.

The Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:

By post:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




By phone: 0844 496 4636 (local rate)

Further information about your data subject rights and how to complain to the ICO can be found here: ICO Make a Complaint

How do I contact you?

You may contact us using any of the following methods:

By post: Data Protection Officer

Jewish Blind & Disabled

35 Langstone Way

Mill Hill East



By phone: 0208 3716611

By email: dataprotection@jbd.org

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We continuously review the content of our Privacy Notice to ensure it accurately reflects what we do with your information.

This Privacy Notice was last updated in August 2022.

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