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Crematorium live broadcasting privacy notice

What is the purpose for processing data?

St Helens Borough Council has the technology in place to enable ceremonies held at its Rainford Road Crematorium to be live broadcast to those unable to attend due to the current regulations on social distancing as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The provision of a live broadcast will be by request only.

What data will be processed?

The camera used to broadcast is focused only on the front of the ceremony room and as such will only capture and broadcast the lectern, officiant/celebrant, coffin and any mourners who approach that area whilst the broadcast is live.

What is the legal basis for the processing?

The legal basis for processing any personal data that is captured and broadcast is legitimate interest, in that it is in the interests of the mourners to be able to attend the ceremony as part of their grieving process.

Article 6 from the General Data Protection Regulation states:

Processing is necessary for the purpose of 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.

How long will the data be held?

As the broadcast is live and will not be recorded the data will not be retained or stored.

Who will the data be shared with? Any data that is captured and broadcast will be shared with those individuals who have been invited to the ceremony and are watching at home via a secure link. The council will only provide the link and joining instructions to the organiser of the funeral or responsible funeral director.

What are the data subject's rights?

All those in attendance of the ceremony have the right to object to being broadcast; those wishing to access this right should remain in the seated area of the ceremony room until the broadcast has ended. Only those who approach the lectern and coffin area will have their data processed.

If you disagree with, or have a complaint about, the way St Helens Council have processed your data you can, in the first instance, contact the council's Data Protection Officer on 

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office:

Tel: 0303 123 1113
Post: Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF