How we will use your personal information

The British Council will use the information that you provide using this webform (your statement) as evidence during investigation(s) into the individual(s) that you have identified in your statement.  

Lawfulness of processing

Your personal data will be processed lawfully because the British Council operates under local and UK legal obligations to prevent crime. 

Your statement will be treated in confidence and not shared with the individual reported on unless you consent to this. However, our responsibilities mean that we may need to pass on your statement, including your name and contact details to local, UK and international law enforcement agencies, if we feel there is reason to suspect criminal activity. If a criminal proceeding is initiated, you may be required to be a witness and, depending on the circumstances, lose your right to anonymity.

Your rights

The British Council complies with data protection law in the UK and laws in other countries that meet internationally accepted standards. You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold on you, and the right to ask us to correct any inaccuracies in that information. If you have concerns about how we have used your personal information, you also have the right to complain to a privacy regulator. For detailed information, please refer to the privacy section of our website, or contact your local British Council office.

Information retention

Your statement will be retained for seven years from completion of the investigation if no follow up action is taken. The statement will be retained for longer if additional evidence of fraud is identified before the seven-year period expires, or if disciplinary action is taken against the individual concerned, in which case it will be retained for seven years after completion of the disciplinary proceeding or seven years after the individual is dismissed. If the statement is passed to law enforcement agencies the data will be retained in line with legal requirements in the country where the incident is dealt with.