Coroner’s Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy specifically for the Senior Coroner and Assistant Coroners for South London jurisdiction, covering the London Boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, Bexley & Sutton.

This privacy policy explains:

The information you provide helps us deliver our services effectively.

Personal and special category data

The categories of personal data we are processing are:


Data Controller

The Senior Coroner for the South London Jurisdiction is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).

You can find details for the London Borough of Croydon Data Protection Officer (DPO) on our website

We ensure that your personal data is accurate, processed fairly and lawfully, kept secure and retained for no longer than is necessary.

The legal basis for processing personal data

The Senior Coroner must investigate all deaths which are violent or unnatural, where the cause of death is unknown, and where a death occurs while in custody or state detention.

Your personal data is collected to enable us to administer the running of the Coroner’s Office and carry out our statutory responsibilities under the different legislative frameworks.

In addition, we collect your personal data for:

How we use your personal information

When deciding what personal information to collect, use and hold, we are committed to making sure that we will:

We collect this data because we are required to under:

Who we share your information with

As inquests are accessible to the public, this data will be shared with anyone attending the proceedings, including the press.

The Senior Coroner may share data with:

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Sutton

The Chief Coroner

MET Police


Funeral directors

Other coroners – specifically those where cases are often transferred to or from

NHS Hospital Trusts

Clinical Commissioning Groups covering Sussex

Ministry of Justice

London Fire Brigade

British Transport Police

London Ambulance Service

Crown Prosecution Service

Health and Safety Executive


Accident investigation branches

Registration of Births and Deaths office staff

Coroner’s Court Support Service

Local authority support staff

Cemeteries and crematoria

Families affected, appointed executor representative of the person whose personal data we are processing

Financial organisations, such as insurance companies and pension schemes

Public Health

Other organisations, which from time to time are involved with an investigation and who are required to provide evidence or assistance to the Coroner.

We primarily receive data from MET Police, NHS Hospital Trusts GPs and Registry Offices; however, data will be received from other organisations listed above. The data we have includes personal details and/or sensitive classes of data.

We will not share data with third parties for marketing purposes and it will not be transferred abroad.

How long we keep your personal data

Deaths that are reported to the Senior Coroner for South London Jurisdiction are held for a minimum of 15 years.