Privacy and cookie notice


A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.

Suffolk Music uses cookies on our website in order to monitor and record users' activity. This allows us to improve users’ experience of our website by, for example, allowing for a ‘logged in’ state, and by giving us useful insight into how users as a whole are engaging with the website.

When you visit our site, you will be presented with a cookie notification pop up. By clicking “I agree” a permanent cookie will be set on your machine. This cookie will remember your preference and you will no longer be presented with a pop-up each time you visit our site.

Data protection principles

a) We fairly and lawfully process personal data in a transparent way

Suffolk Sinfonia will only collect data where lawful and where it is necessary for the legitimate purposes of the website.

  • A member’s username and email contact details will be collected when they first join the website, and will be used to contact the member regarding group membership administration and activities. Other data may also subsequently be collected in relation to their contributions to the website advertising their music groups and concerts. Where possible Suffolk Music will anonymise this data
    • Lawful basis for processing this data: Contract (the collection and use of data is fair and reasonable in relation to Suffolk Music completing tasks expected as part of the individual’s membership).



b) We only collect and use personal data for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes and will only use the data for those specified purposes.


When collecting data, Suffolk Sinfonia will always provide a clear and specific privacy statement explaining to the subject why the data is required and what it will be used for.

c) We ensure any data collected is relevant and not excessive

Suffolk Sinfonia will not collect or store more data than the minimum information required for its intended purpose. E.g. we need to collect email addresses from members and contributors in order to be able to contact them about their music groups and concerts.

d) We ensure data is accurate and up-to-date

Suffolk Music will ask members and contributors to check and update their data on an annual basis. Any individual will be able to update their data at any point by contacting Suffolk Music.

e) We ensure data is not kept longer than necessary

Suffolk Music will keep records for no longer than is necessary in order to meet the intended use for which it was gathered (unless there is a legal requirement to keep records). The storage and intended use of data will be reviewed in line with Suffolk Music's data retention policy. When the intended use is no longer applicable, the data will be deleted within a reasonable period.

f) We keep personal data secure

Suffolk Sinfonia will ensure that data held by us is kept secure.

  • Electronically-held data will be held within a password-protected and secure environment
  • Physically-held data (e.g. membership forms or email sign-up sheets) will be stored in a locked cupboard
  • Access to data will only be given to relevant operators where it is clearly necessary for the running of the website. Suffolk Music will decide in what situations this is applicable and will keep a master list of who has access to data

g) Transfer to countries outside the EEA

Suffolk Sinfonia will not transfer data to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA), unless the country has adequate protection for the individual’s data privacy rights.

Individual Rights

When Suffolk Music collects, holds and uses an individual’s personal data that individual has the following the rights over that data. Suffolk Sinfonia will ensure its data processes
comply with those rights and will make all reasonable efforts to fulfil requests from an
individual in relation to those rights.

Individual’s rights

  • Right to be informed: whenever Suffolk Music collects data it will provide a clear and specific privacy statement explaining why it is being collected and how it will be used.
  • Right of access: individuals can request to see the data Suffolk Music holds on them and confirmation of how it is being used. Requests should be made by email to Suffolk Music and will be complied with free of charge and within one month. Where requests are complex or numerous this may be extended to two months
  • Right to rectification: individuals can request that their data be updated where it is inaccurate or incomplete. Suffolk Music will request that members and contributors check and update their data on an annual basis. Any requests for data to be updated will be processed within one month.
  • Right to object: individuals can object to their data being used for a particular purpose. Suffolk Music will always provide a way for an individual to withdraw consent in all contributions. Where we receive a request to stop using data we will comply unless we have a lawful reason to use the data for legitimate interests or contractual obligation.
  • Right to erasure: individuals can request for all data held on them to be deleted. Suffolk Music's data retention policy will ensure data is not held for longer than is reasonably necessary in relation to the purpose it was originally collected for. If a request for deletion is made we will comply with the request unless:
    • There is a lawful reason to keep and use the data for legitimate interests or contractual obligation.
    • There is a legal requirement to keep the data.
  • Right to restrict processing: individuals can request that their personal data be ‘restricted’ – that is, retained and stored but not processed further (e.g. if they have contested the accuracy of any of their data, Suffolk Music will restrict the data while it is verified).

Though unlikely to apply to the data processed by Suffolk Music, we will also ensure that rights related to portability and automated decision making (including profiling) are complied with where appropriate.


Your Rights

Your right are explained in detail by the Information Commissioner, who regulates data protection and privacy. The Information Commissioner's website is