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Chris Clarkson

64 Shackleton Close

Old Hall



01925 354 820


Evolution hypnotherapy LTD is the business name for Director Chris Clarkson

I, Chris Clarkson am the data processor for Evolution Hypnotherapy.


The basis on which I keep client data is that of “Legitimate Interests”. This means that the data is necessary for me to fulfil the contract that we have together (i.e. to provide therapy) and that it is data that you would reasonably expect me to hold and use.

For those who enquire about therapy, the data I hold includes any information you have sent me by email/text/message.

For those who book and attend at least one session, the data I hold includes:

• Basic information such as name, email address, phone number
• Information that you give me as part of the work we do together
• Records of what interventions that I use (or potentially do not use) in our sessions
• Emails, texts and/or messages that are sent between us
• Information sent from any third party, e.g. GP, insurance company, EAP

Some of the information that you give me may fall under the definition of special category of data as defined by the General Data Protection Regulation. The condition for processing this special data is “processing is necessary for medical diagnosis, the provision of health care or treatment pursuant to contract with a health professional”.

Data is not shared with anyone, except possibly your GP, and for any reasons covered by the ‘Requirements for Disclosure’, which are detailed and discussed when we first meet.

The data is primarily used to enable me to provide therapy for you. It may also be used for scientific research purposes and statistical purposes.

Details of where data is held:

  • Any emails sent between us will be held on a computer hard drive password protected.
  • Any Texts/iMessages or Whatsapp communication sent between us is also passcode protected.
  • Your case notes are written on paper and stored in a lockable filing cabinet. I apply a coding system so that no name appears on the notes and only I would be able to identify who the notes belong to.
  • I do not store credit card information but do use a hand held card terminal to process payment which is also GDPR compliant. The receipts are kept for accounting purposes and only the last 4 digits are visible on the paper stub.
  • If you pay via bank transfer, and you use your name as reference then this will be visible to both my accountant and me.


I will keep data for 7 years as instructed by my insurance company. After this time, I will shred any paper records and delete your details from electronic records.

Evolution Hypnotherapy takes the security of data seriously and as such:

All data is held securely (see details of where data is held above)
• Any data transmitted is sent encrypted where possible
• Therapy records are maintained without identifiers such as names, addresses or phone numbers.


I am not in control of data (including emails and texts) which you send me

If there is any breach of data security Evolution Hypnotherapy Ltd will give full details to the Information Commissioners Office and any person affected within 72 hours of the breach and do all possible to minimise any potential impact.

You have rights with regards to the data held:

• The right of access. I will provide you with all data I hold on you as soon as I can following a request (and definitely within 30 days, unless this is impossible due to holidays or illness).
• The right to rectification. If any data I hold is incorrect, just let me know and I will correct it as soon as I can following a request (and definitely within 30 days, unless this is impossible due to holidays or illness).
• The right to erasure. If you wish me to erase your data just let me know and I will delete any computer records and shred any paper records as soon as I can following a request (and definitely within 30 days, unless this is impossible due to holidays or illness). NB: data may be retained for scientific research, historical research or statistical purposes where erasure is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of that processing but this would never include case notes or data such as address/email/phone
• The right to restrict processing. This would usually be a stop-gap measure before correction of any errors or before erasure
• The right to data portability. This might apply if you want your notes sent to another therapist for example, but it is likely that the easiest solution would come under the right to access, i.e. I would send the data to you.

  • The right to object to:
    ◦ Processing based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority (including profiling).


Evolution Hypnotherapy does not engage in these things:

◦ Direct marketing.

◦ Processing for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics. For this, you must provide grounds for your objection.
◦ Automated decision making and profiling.