Privacy Notice

Social Mobility Commission `Moving out to move on’: Privacy Notice

In line with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in this privacy notice for research participants, we explain the legal basis for data processing for the project `Moving out to move on’. 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 Social Mobility Commission 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”.

This will include sharing personal information with a third party conducting the research project (Institute for Employment Studies). 

You can contact Ali Jaffer, the Project Manager at the Social Mobility Commission with any questions about the project at:

Who will have access to my personal data?

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has been commissioned by Social Mobility Commission to investigate the effects of internal migration on intergenerational social mobility and on the areas left behind. For the purpose of this project, IES are undertaking a series of in-depth interviews and focus groups to investigate how moving from one area to another (e.g. for work), or deciding to stay in one area for a prolonged period, affects an individual’s job prospects, their quality of life as well as the wider community.

If you are participating in the focus groups or the interviews, this will be administered by our partner Roots research. You will have the option to provide details of your age, gender, and ethnicity. This information will only be provided at your discretion and with your explicit consent. It will be used to analyse the findings from the focus group discussions and interviews. The research team’s analysis and presentation of the findings will be at an aggregate level.

How will my data be treated?

If you are invited and choose to take part in an interview or focus group for the project, the data you give will be used for research purposes only. IES will produce a report that summarises the main findings from all the interviews and focus groups. 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 on March 2020).

Who can I contact if I would like to withdraw my interview data?

You have the right to withdraw the information you have provided as part of the interviews within fourteen (14) days of your interview date. If you have taken part in an interview but would like your data withdrawn, please contact:

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 Louise Baker (tel: 020 7783 8655, email: data protection officer with the subject “For the attention of the Data Protection Officer”.

Who can I contact with a complaint?

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