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Privacy notice

Your personal information, supplied for the purposes of this research, will be held and processed by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). The Home Office is the controller of this information. This also includes when it is collected or processed by third parties on our behalf.

Details of the Department’s Data Protection Officer can be found in the Home Office personal information charter.

Any information held by NatCen will be anonymised and shared with the Home Office. No identifiable information of any sort will be shared with the Home Office.

NatCen are responsible for the collection, processing and storage of the data. Further information on their policies are below.

How and why the Department uses your information

The Home Office collects, processes and shares personal information to enable it to carry out its statutory and other functions.

The Home Office is only allowed to process your data where there is a lawful basis for doing so. Data is processed for the purpose of delivering the public task of understanding public and professional perceptions of UK counter-terrorism policy, and any resulting work stream.

The Home Office may share the findings of this research with other organisations in the course of carrying out our functions, or to enable others to perform theirs however this would not include identifiable or personal information as that data will not be shared by NatCen with the Home Office.

The data provided on the response form will be collected by NatCen and processed by them. This anonymised and non-identifiable data will then be shared with the Home Office in both a summary and individual format.

The Home Office will publish a summary of responses. Individuals’ personal data or information that may enable an individual to be recognised will not be published without their consent. The anonymised findings will be published in the public domain.

More information about the ways in which the Home Office may use your personal information, including the purposes for which we use it, the legal basis, and who your information may be shared with can be found in the Home Office personal information charter.

Disclosure notice

In the course of this research, it is unlikely that identifiable information would be available to action any disclosure of threat, crime or harm. Should the Home Office or NatCen believe the survey is being used to highlight an imminent threat of harm, we will share this information with local police. However, responses to this research will not be routinely monitored. If you have concerns relating to any crime, harm or imminent threat, this should be passed on to local police, or in the case of an emergency, dial 999. Should an individual or an organisation use the survey to report a past crime, this will not be passed to police. If participants are to contact NatCen or the Home Office directly with a disclosure, our normal disclosure processes will be followed.

How NatCen will process your data

NatCen are collecting the data for this survey on behalf of the Home Office and will have access to the data collected through the duration of the project.

The results collected are used for research purposes only. All data that has been collected is handled in accordance with data protection legislation. The information you provide will be analysed alongside other responses to the survey and used to write summary outputs (such as published and internal reports and presentations) for the Home Office. Where you have provided identifiable data, the findings will be anonymised and we will not include the names of individuals or specific locations.

More information about NatCen can be found here:

Storing your information

Your anonymised and non-identifiable data will be held for one year by the Home Office the purpose for which it is being processed and in line with departmental retention policy. More details of this policy can be found here.

The data held by NatCen will be stored securely, in line with international best practice and NatCen’s ISO 27001, ISO 20252 and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications. All data will be securely deleted one year after completion of the project. Anonymised data collected specifically for the research will be retained for 2 years after the completion of the research by the Home Office or at the National Archives.

Requesting access to your personal data 

You have the right to request access to the personal information the Home Office holds about you. Details of how to make the request can be found in the Home Office personal information charter.

You are also able to withdraw your contribution at any point after your participation until July 2021, when the data will have been processed by NatCen. Please note, however, that once the findings have been agglomerated for analysis by the research team, findings cannot be changed by removing individual information. You can request that your personal data held by NatCen be deleted or updated and you will be informed immediately if this is possible or not. If you would like to access your data, please get in touch with Dr Jeffrey DeMarco (Lead Researcher at NatCen) via the contact details provided below.

Other rights

In certain circumstances you have the right to:

  • object to and restrict the use of your personal information, or to ask to have your data deleted, or corrected.
  • (where you have explicitly consented to the use of your personal data and that is the lawful basis for processing) the right to withdraw your consent to the processing of your data and the right to data portability (where processing is carried out by automated means).

Questions or concerns about personal data

If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information please contact the Home Office via the contact details found in the Home Office personal information charter.

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office about the way the Home Office is handling your personal information. Details on how you do this can be found in the Home Office personal information charter.

You are also able to contact the lead researcher at NatCen, Dr Jeffrey DeMarco (, with any questions about the research and the process of handling data from NatCen’s perspective.