Is your service confidential?
Confidentiality means not sharing information with anyone else about what you tell us. Whatever you say will be just between you and Breakeven, unless you request otherwise in writing. You can feel safe talking to us, knowing that we will not pass on personal information without letting you know.
But sometimes, if we’re worried about your safety, we may need to get you help. We’d only need to get help or take action if:
- You ask us to;
- We believe your life, or someone else’s life, is in danger;
- You’re being hurt by someone in a position of trust, like a partner, carer or friend;
- You tell us that you’re seriously harming another person / people.
- We are processing this data on the lawful basis of your explicit consent, or under our contractual or legal obligations.
- Our team work to a standard code of practice, which includes strict confidentiality within the team. The Team need to discuss their work with their supervisor, and may need to pass information to their colleagues to ensure we are providing the most appropriate help, but no information about callers is disclosed to third parties outside Breakeven without your consent, except in the circumstances stated above.
What information are you collecting about me?
When you call or live chat with us, you can remain anonymous if you wish – you don’t have to let us know any of your personal information if you’d rather not. Our system will automatically store your phone number or your IP address (unless you have blocked this), in case of an emergency, however you do not have to let us know any other details if you don’t want to, unless you would like a referral into a treatment service within the Breakeven network. At this stage we would need to record more information to make sure your referral can be passed over to the right team, which may include personal data such as your name and contact details.
If you are happy to share more information during your call or chat, we will collect non-identifying demographic information to get a better idea of who is using our services and why, and to understand how our services may be able to adapt to meet changing needs. We will record data about your gambling issues, and information about how we are helping you. We may also collect some sensitive data, for example information about your health, ethnic origin and any criminal record you may disclose to us. If you would rather we didn’t record this, just let us know.
We store transcripts of live chats, these records are primarily to ensure that we can monitor the quality of chats and pick up on areas where we can improve our service to you. Unless we have a serious concern (as described in the confidentiality section above) which means the Police may need access to the transcripts, Transcripts of live chats may be stored indefinitely.
Why are you collecting information about me and what are you doing with it?
We collect information about you so that we can have a better understanding about who is using our service and why. Sensitive personal information, such as about your health, ethnic origin and criminal record, can help us tailor our services to your needs and make sure you get the very best help possible from our team.
This type of data, always anonymised, will also help us with research, raising awareness about our services, and improving our understanding about gambling in Great Britain. Our funders (Gamcare/GambleAware) also want to understand the service we offer, so we share anonymised, non-identifying data with them as part of our funding agreement. This is pooled with data from their other funded treatment services in a national report published each year (the Data Reporting Framework).
Who are you sharing my personal information with?
Breakeven provides a confidential service. If you wish to become a client of Breakeven your Personal information will be held on a database provided by Gamcare (Thesus) .Your personal information will not be used for any purpose apart from providing your treatment plan and contacting you about appointments and follow up surveys if we have your permission to do so. Your personal information will not be shared outside of our team unless there is a risk to you or someone else – please see the section on confidentiality above.
We may share aggregated, anonymised data with agencies we work with for evaluation purposes. None of this data can be used to identify you.
Can I access to the personal information you hold about me?
Certainly! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, from an email address you have used to contact us before, or call 020 7801 7000, and let them know what information you would like to access and why. Gamcare may take a few more details from you to verify your identity and make sure you get the right information. We will provide the information you have asked for, where possible, with 30 days.
Please bear in mind that GamCare reserves the right not to send you any information that mentions a third party, or which could be used in any way to cause harm to you or someone else. We also cannot take responsibility for any items that may get lost in the post.
What if I don’t want you to hold my personal data?
You can always choose not to answer certain questions and you do not have to give us your full name or address. However, you may find it helpful to give us your contact details if you want to receive information from us or if you wish to be referred for treatment.
How long will you keep my data?
We do not delete anonymised data as we use this to help us improve our services, including for research and statistical analysis. If you have told us your contact details and you wish for us to delete these, just let us know.