Burma Star Association
Burma Star Association

Beneficiaries and Potential Beneficiaries' Privacy Notice

The Burma Star Association (BSA) as data controller will collect, use and store (‘process’)your information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679 and any relevant UK legislation. If you have any queries, about any of the information below, please contact the Benevolence Secretary 020 7823 7283, michael.nelson@burmastar.org.uk


Legal basis


We will process most of the information you give us on the basis of the legitimate interest of providing the support you are seeking. Some of the information we ask for in the form is considered sensitive and classified as ‘special category.’ This includes:

  • Health information; this helps to give a full picture of your situation and needs.
  • If relevant, criminal convictions; so that we can fully assess your circumstances.

We need your consent to process this type of information; you do not have to give the information but if you do not, it may affect how we can help you. You can withdraw your consent at any time. The information you provide will only be used for purpose of providing assistance to you.


Keeping your data


The BSA will retain your data in a hard copy for up to seven years after our last contact with you. This will include a record of any payments or material help provided to you.


Sharing your data


If we think another military charity will be able to help you, we would enter your information on a database, managed by SSAFA on behalf of a range of military charities. SSAFA would then also be a data controller of your data and you may read their privacy policy at https://www.ssafa.org.uk/our-privacy-policy SSAFA may be contacted at: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/about-us/contact-us


Your personal data will be held on the SSAFA managed database for up to 7 years. A full list of the charities who have access to this database can be seen on our website, but only the charities chosen as relevant by us will be able to see your data and they will only use it for the purpose of providing assistance to you. Please let us know if there are charities you would not wish us to contact on your behalf. If you would like a hard copy of the list of charities or would like to know which charities we have shared your data with, please contact us on 020 7823 4283.


We may also share your data with:

  • Charities outside the SSAFA managed database. You can see a list of organisations we work with.
  • Companies and organisations which we engage to deliver goods or services to you.
  • Selected statutory agencies for instance, the Department for Work and Pensions and local authorities.
  • Other statutory bodies as required by law.


Other charities with whom your data has been shared may have their own data retention policy. For details of these and to see each Data Controller’s Privacy Policy please visit the relevant charity’s website.


Your rights


You have the right to:

  • Receive a copy of the personal data held by any of the data controllers (i.e BSA, SSAFA or any of the charities or organisations with whom we share your data).
  • Object to processing that is likely to cause or is causing damage or distress.
  • Have corrected or deleted any errors in your personal data.
  • Ask that your data be erased subject to any statutory or legal requirements placed on the data controller.
  • Ask that the processing of your data be restricted, if you disagree about the accuracy of the data the controller holds or you object to the controller’s intention to erase your data.
  • Claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of data protection legislation.
  • Make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office at: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or 0303 123 1113.

When you go home

tell them of us and say,

For your tomorrow,

we gave our today

Lt Gen Slim at Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, in March 1945 Lt Gen Slim at Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, in March 1945
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