Privacy notice for Devon Registration Service

DCC is a Data Controller under Data Protection Legislation and our ICO registration number is Z6475582. This privacy notice concerns the processing of personal data that takes place by the Devon Registration Service.

This notice explains what information we collect, why we collect it and how we keep it secure. It also explains your rights and our legal obligation. Should you wish to find out more about Devon County Council’s data protection policies please contact our Data Protection Officer.

We will notify you of any changes to this privacy notice

This privacy notice was last updated 1 February 2020. If we use your personal data for any new purposes, updates will be made to the policy information and changes communicated, where necessary in accordance with current data protection legislation. Any queries relating to this privacy notice please contact the Data Protection Officer.

How will we use your personal data

We may need to collect personal data so that we can:

  • make an appointment to register a birth or death or attest a notice of marriage or civil partnership
  • create a copy certificate at your request
  • arrange and facilitate a ceremony

Information that we collect from you will be obtained via phone, the online booking system or in person. The council only uses IT systems for these purposes which are supplied under a contract and where the security has been assessed. For more details about the council’s security arrangements please visit

What information do we collect

We may collect and store records about you which may include:

  • your name
  • address
  • email address
  • telephone number
  • place of marriage
  • date of marriage
  • personal preference for your ceremony

Why we collect and use your personal data

This data is collected in order to identify who you are and therefore create a record of the event you wish to register. We will only collect personal data where it is necessary.

Personal data that is collected for any of the purposes outlined in this notice is never used for direct marketing purposes and is not sold on to any other third parties.

The legal basis for us collecting your personal data

Where we are collecting personal data about you for the provision of one of the services outlined in this privacy notice, we rely upon:

  • article 6(1)(a) – consent
  • article 6(1)(b) – performance of a contract that the data subject and DCC are party
  • article 6(1)(c) – processing that is necessary for DCC to fulfil a statutory obligation

If we feel that it is necessary to share your personal data with professionals to ensure you or someone you work with is safeguarded from harm, we rely upon the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Children Act 1989 & 2004. Where it is necessary to share medical or social care information for these purposes, we rely upon article 9(2)(h) of the General Data Protection Regulation (information necessary for medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems).

We may also need to share some personal data about you, so that we can support third party organisations to discharge their regulatory requirements. This includes organisations such as:

  • The data protection regulator (the Information Commissioner’s Office)
  • The Care Quality Commission
  • The General Register office
  • Your chosen venue

We may also share information to enable us to comply with court orders and other legal obligations. If this is necessary, we will only share the minimum amount of personal data needed for this purpose.

How long will we hold your personal data?

Information that is collected for any of the purposes listed on this privacy notice will be held for 6 years from the date that we have delivered a service to you.

Your data protection rights

Under Data Protection Legislation, you have the right to obtain a copy of their personal records held by us, this is called a Subject Access Request (SAR).

Details of how to make a request can be found here.

Further details on your rights under data protection legislation and how to exercise them, are available here.

International transfers

No personal data is transferred to countries outside of the geographic scope of UK data protection laws.


If you have any comments, queries or complaints about this privacy notice or the processing of your personal data please contact our Data Protection Officer.

Alternatively, if you are not happy with the way that DCC is handling your personal data, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The Information Commissioners Office enforces and oversees the Data Protection Regulations.

Contact details are below:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Automated decisions

No automated decisions are taken regarding any personal data that is processed by the Devon Registration Service.