Data Protection Policy

Portsmouth Music Festival collects and uses personal information (referred to in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as personal data) about committee members, volunteers, performers, parents of performers under 18, teachers and other individuals who come into contact with the Festival. This information is gathered in order to enable the running of the Festival and other associated functions. In addition, the Festival may be required by law to collect, use and share certain information

Andrew McVittie, Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival, is the Data Controller of the personal data that it collects and receives for these purposes.

Portsmouth Music Festival’s Data Protection Officers are the Management Committee who may be contacted via the Chair (

Portsmouth Music Festival issues Privacy Notices (also known as a Fair Processing Notices) to all performers, parents of performers under 18, committee members, volunteers and teachers.  These summarise the personal information held about performers, parents of performers under 18, committee members, volunteers and teachers, the purpose for which it is held and who it may be shared with.  It also provides information about an individual’s rights in respect of their personal data.


This policy sets out how Portsmouth Music Festival deals with personal information correctly and securely and in accordance with the GDPR, and other related legislation.

This policy applies to all personal information however it is collected, used, recorded and stored by Portsmouth Music Festival and whether it is held on paper or electronically.

What is Personal Information/ data?

Personal information or data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual.  An identifiable individual is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly by reference to details such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or by their physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity. Personal data includes (but is not limited to) an individual’s, name, address, date of birth, photograph, bank details and other information that identifies them.

Data Protection Principles

The GDPR establishes six principles as well as a number of additional duties that must be adhered to at all times:

1. Personal data shall be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner

2. Personal data shall be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes (subject to exceptions for specific archiving purposes)

3. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary to the purposes for which they are processed and not excessive;

4. Personal data shall be accurate and where necessary, kept up to date;

5. Personal data shall be kept in a form that permits the identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed;

6. Personal data shall be processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal information.


Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area, unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of data protection.

Data Controllers have a General Duty of accountability for personal data.


Portsmouth Music Festival is committed to maintaining the principles and duties in the GDPR at all times. Therefore Portsmouth Music Festival will:

  • Inform individuals of the identity and contact details of the data controller
  • Inform individuals of the contact details of the Data Protection Officer
  • Inform individuals  of the purposes that personal  information is being collected and the basis for this
  • Inform individuals when their information is shared, and why and with whom unless the GDPR provides a reason not to do this.
  • If Portsmouth Music Festival plans to transfer personal data outside the EEA Portsmouth Music Festival will inform individuals and provide them with details of where they can obtain details of the safeguards for that information
  • Inform individuals of their data subject rights
  • Inform individuals that the individual may withdraw consent (where relevant) and that if consent is withdrawn that Portsmouth Music Festival will cease processing their data although that will not affect the legality of data processed up until that point.
  • Provide details of the length of time an individual’s data will be kept
  • Should Portsmouth Music Festival decide to use an individual’s personal data for a different reason to that for which it was originally collected Portsmouth Music Festival shall inform the individual  and where necessary seek consent
  • Check the accuracy of the information it holds and review it at regular intervals.
  • Ensure that only authorised personnel have access to the personal information whatever medium (paper or electronic) it is stored in.
  • Ensure that clear and robust safeguards are in place to ensure personal information is kept securely and to protect personal information from loss, theft and unauthorised disclosure, irrespective of the format in which it is recorded.
  • Ensure that personal information is not retained longer than it is needed.
  • Ensure that when information is destroyed that it is done so appropriately and securely.
  • Share personal information with others only when it is legally appropriate to do so.
  • Comply with the duty to respond to requests for access to personal information (known as Subject Access Requests)
  • Ensure that personal information is not transferred outside the EEA without the appropriate safeguards
  • Ensure that all members of the Management Committee are aware of and understand these policies and procedures.


Complaints will be dealt with in accordance with Portsmouth Music Festival’s complaints policy. Complaints relating to the handling of personal information may be referred to the Information Commissioner who can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF or at


This policy will be reviewed as it is deemed appropriate, but no less frequently than every 3 years. The policy review will be undertaken by the Management Committee.


If you have any enquires in relation to this policy, please contact Andrew McVittie in the first instance. (