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Termination of pregnancy consultation privacy policy

This privacy notice covers the consultation on termination of pregnancy in Jersey which is delivered by the public policy directorate which sits within Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance.

This consultation will undertake research in the following ways:

  • by asking the general public to share their views by survey
  • by undertaking focused qualitive research with those who have experience of termination of pregnancy Jersey and those who wish to give their views as potential service users

Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance is registered as a 'Controller' under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 (the “Data Protection Law”), as we determine the purpose and means of the processing of the personal information collected about you for this service. 

As a Government Department, we generally process and hold your information in order to provide public services and meet our statutory obligations. This notice explains in more detail how we use and share your information in order to provide the service described above. 

We will continually review and update this privacy notice to reflect changes in our services and feedback from service users, as well as to comply with changes in the law.

How we collect information about you

Information about you will, in most cases, be collected directly from you. This may be done in any of the following ways:

  • by you completing our online survey on termination of pregnancy in Jersey
  • by you telephoning, mailing or emailing us directly
  • by you choosing to take part in an interview
  • by Health Care Professionals who may with your consent collect your information so that we can arrange an interview with you

In some cases, we may collect information about you from another Government of Jersey department or from the following third parties with which we interact in order to deliver our duties:

  • Citizen Space who host the public online survey
  • The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) who we have commissioned to undertake research on our behalf about the experiences of those who have had a termination in Jersey, engaged with the formal healthcare system about having a termination in Jersey or travelled from Jersey to have a termination overseas

Types of information we collect

The types of personal data collected will vary depending on what information you volunteer and the information we need in each circumstance. However, we have listed below the most common categories of information we may collect about you:

  • contact details such as name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, email address. Those with experience of termination who choose to take part in an interview with BPAS can provide a pseudonym instead if they prefer
  • organisation details such as name of your organisation, responsibilities within organisation, and your organisation’s views on jersey’s termination of pregnancy law and services
  • health data (if you choose to provide it)
  • technical metadata such as IP addresses
  • qualitative information that you choose to provide to us via an interview
  • preferences such as your views on jersey’s termination of pregnancy law and services
  • voluntary information such as unsolicited information you may provide to us when you engage with us

How we will use the information about you

We need to collect and hold information about you, in order to carry out the public functions of the public policy directorate. Our legal basis for processing personal data in most cases is that it is necessary for the exercise of public policy directorate function of the States or any public authority (Schedule 2 para 4(c) of the Data Protection Law).

We have set out in further detail below why we use your personal data in each instance.

Data collected
Used forLegal basis
Contact details, organisation details, voluntary informationSo that data can be collected for the public consultation report, and views attributed to individuals or organisations, if permission is given to do so.Consent: The data subject has consented to the processing of his or her data for one or more specific purposes. (Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018, Schedule 2, paragraph 1)
Views on termination of pregnancy law and servicesTo contribute to consultation on policy proposals.Public functions: The processing is necessary for the exercise of any function of Crown, the States or any public authority (Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018, Schedule 2, paragraph 4b)
​Contact information and qualitative information interviews:
  • with people with experience of termination
  • with potential service users

To make arrangements for interview and to contribute to consultation on policy proposals.
Consent: The data subject has consented to the processing of his or her data for one or more specific purposes. (Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018, Schedule 2, paragraph 1)

Who we may share your personal information with

Other data controllers

We may need to pass your information to other Government of Jersey Departments or the Scrutiny office within the States Greffe for the purposes stated above.

We may also disclose information to other public authorities where it is necessary, either to comply with a legal obligation, or where required under other legislation. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:

  • where the disclosure is necessary for the purposes of the prevention or detection of crime
  • for national security purposes
  • for the purposes of meeting statutory obligations
  • to prevent risk of harm to an individual

In some instances, this data sharing may require us to transfer your personal data outside Jersey and the EEA, however, we shall only do this with the necessary safeguards in place and where it is lawful because it is necessary and proportionate for the proper discharge of our statutory functions.

Service providers

Your personal data may be processed on our behalf by certain third parties who provide service to us, so that they can provide those services. We have strict contracts in place with these service providers to ensure they process your data only on our instructions and with appropriate security in place. The categories of third parties who may receive your personal data in order to provide us with a service are:

  • email and data storage providers such as Microsoft
  • IT support or security service providers such as Prosperity 24/7
  • online survey providers such as Citizen Space
  • researchers organizing and holding interviews on our behalf – BPAS
  • online meeting providers that may be used for the purpose of holding interviews such as Microsoft Teams
  • transcription service providers – UK Transcription

At no time will your information be passed to organisations for marketing or sales purposes or for any commercial use without your prior express consent.

Publication of your information

We may publish your information on in the public consultation feedback report for the following reasons:

  • in the interests of demonstrating a fair and transparent decision-making process, although your data will be anonymised to protect your identity
  • where we are required to provide statistical information about a group of people. Although your data will be anonymised to protect your identity, unless you have given permission for your response to be quoted and attributed to you
  • where you have responded to a consultation, although your comments will be anonymised to protect your identity where the contribution is made in a private capacity. If it is from a person on behalf of an organisation views and connection with the organisation may be attributed
  • where you have contributed content to the website or Government of Jersey social media channels

How long do we store the information about you

We will keep your information accurate and up to date and not keep it for longer than is necessary in order to develop any recommendations for changes to Jersey’s termination of pregnancy law and services. Ask to see our retention schedule for more detail about how long we retain your information. 

Where do we store the information about you

Government of Jersey systems store data in Jersey, the UK and the European Union. The UK has been granted adequacy status by the European Commission and personal data stored there will be protected to the same standards as personal data held in Jersey and the EU. Some of our service providers (such as Citizen Space) are based in Germany.

BPAS and UK transcription who will be undertaking research and transcription on our behalf store data in the UK. See the BPAS privacy policy Privacy Policy | BPAS and UK transcription terms and conditions Terms and Conditions (

Cookies and the website

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. See the privacy notice for details of the cookies used on websites.

Statutory or contractual obligations to provide personal data

You are not obliged by any law or contract to provide us with your personal data. However, if you choose not to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the service you have requested, or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligation.

Your rights

See your personal data rights for details of your rights under the Data Protection Law and how to exercise them.

Withdrawal of consent

Where we rely on your consent to process personal data (see section 3 above), you can withdraw your consent by contacting us at If you wish to withdraw data submitted via the online survey, you will need to provide us with your unique Citizen Space response ID (confirmed to you at the end of the survey). 

If you wish to withdraw data provided in an interview, you will need to provide us with your interview reference number and time and date of interview.


If you have an enquiry or concern regarding processing your personal data you can email the Data Governance Officer at

If you wish to make a complaint about how your personal data is processed, you can contact the Government’s Data Protection Officer at

If you believe that the Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance Department has contravened the Data Protection Law and the contravention affects your data protection rights, you have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner (JOIC)

We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the JOIC, so contact us in the first instance.

Changes to this notice

We may, from time to time, revise this privacy to ensure it remains up to date. It is advisable to check it regularly to keep aware of any changes. This version was last updated on 21 September 2023.

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