Living Pension Employee Research - Privacy Notice

In line with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in this privacy notice for research participants, we explain the legal basis for data processing for the Living Pension research. This includes who will have access to your personal data, how your data will be used, stored and deleted and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

What is the legal basis for processing my data?

The Living Wage Foundation (LWF) is the data controller for this project. This means that they are responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for processing data. For this project, the legal basis for processing data is Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation where “processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child”.  The Privacy policy for the LWF is available online here:

Who will have access to my personal data?

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has been commissioned by LWF to conduct research exploring the benefits of a Living Pension Standard through research with employers and employees to continue building the case for the Standard and to encourage more employers to sign up. You will be asked for your consent to take part in a survey and/or focus group. IES will have access to your survey responses, and will share anonymised survey data with the LWF. The focus groups will be led jointly by the LWF and IES, with your data held by both IES and the LWF. The research team’s analysis and presentation of the findings will be at an aggregate level and you will not be identified in any research reports. By agreeing to take part in the survey you agree for IES and LWF to access your data for the purposes of this research.

If you have any questions about the research please contact project manager Kate Alexander at IES ( or Nadia Igsiz at LWF. (

How will my data be treated?

If you choose to take part in a survey or focus group, the data you give will be used for research purposes only. IES will produce a report that summarises the main findings from of the research. Individuals will not be named, nor will any information be included that could reveal their identity. Your personal information will be securely deleted from the IES systems six months after the project is complete and the final report has been published (the project is currently estimated to end in April 2024). If you provide your email address to IES for the prize draw, this will not be shared with the LWF and it will be deleted by IES immediately after the prize draw.

The LWF will be provided with anonymised survey data to conduct further research into the benefit of the Living Pension Standard, how we can improve the processes involved, and to build a case for the Standard to encourage more employers to sign up. Focus groups will be run and analysed jointly by the LWF and IES. Your data will be stored securely by the LWF and deleted five years after the date it was collected.  More details about how your data will be stored can be found on our website at Privacy policy | Living Wage Foundation.

Who can I contact with a query about how my data will be used?

If you have any questions about how your data will be used, please contact Suzanne Anderson ( data protection adviser or email Nadia Igsiz at LWF:

Who can I contact with a complaint?

Under GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at