Research for The Salvation Army: Privacy notice

In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this privacy notice sets out the legal basis for processing data in relation to this research project. 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.

Who will have access to my personal data?

The government has committed to boosting economic prosperity in areas of England outside of London and the South East. To influence this work, The Salvation Army has commissioned The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) to help identify which areas of England are in greatest need of investment and what type of investment is needed. The findings will be used by The Salvation Army to influence policy at the national and local level.

As part of this work, IES are interviewing Salvation Army staff and local residents in a selection of areas identified as requiring investment. The purpose of these interviews is to develop a better understanding of what it is like to live and work in these areas, and help identify the main obstacles to better quality jobs and living standards for residents.

In order to arrange these interviews, your name and contact details (phone number or email address) will be shared with the IES research team. Staff working for The Salvation Army will seek your permission to be contacted for the purposes of this study before sharing these details.

Your contact details will be stored on an encrypted server, with access restricted solely to members of the research team. Even after these details have been shared, you are still free to withdraw from the research and can decline to take part in an interview without having to give a reason.

If you agree to take part in a research interview, any information you provide will be summarised in an anonymised format – this means we will remove any information that could be used to identify you.

What is the legal basis for processing my data?

The Salvation Army 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 the third party conducting the research project (i.e. The Institute for Employment Studies). 

How will my data be treated?

If you are invited and choose to take part in an interview, the information you give will only be used for purposes of this study. IES and The Salvation Army will produce a report that summarises the main findings from all the interviews that take place. 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 6 months after the project is complete and the final report has been published (currently estimated to be January 2022).

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 before the completion of this project. 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 Jonathan Buzzeo, IES Project Manager ( or Annie Dell, Project Manager at The Salvation Army (

Who can I contact with a complaint?

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