My partner and I have employed a company to prepare and submit a planning application for a house here in ***.
This company completed the process and the application was refused.
This company is now trying to get the decision overturned by seeking a ruling from what's known as a board ***.
The correspondence to a board *** and the company has taken place behind close doors and the company is withholding the information from us.
What rights do we have seen how this company would have used or personal information to correspond with a board ***.
GDPR protects personal data which is information related to an individual person.
So, the house planning may only contain personal information about owners and location of the house. Other information as a modification to the building or planned construction and other technical information are not considered personal information and is not covered by GDPR protection.
Check in the agreement with the company what information you provided to the company and consider that article 6 GDPR allows company to use personal data which “ is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract”.
Therefore, the company may have the right to use all the needed information in order to present an appeal of the decision to the board ***. As Client, you should have access to information provided and be informed on the decision of the board ***. If the company denies you access, consider contacting a lawyer to get full protection as the rights involved does not concern only GDPR aspects.
To know more about the legal ground to process personal data, you may read this article