Special rules apply for processing sensitive data (now called Special Categories of Data) and criminal convictions and offences. Special Categories of Data include information on racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health (physical or mental), sex life, sexual orientation, genetic data and biometric data used to identify a specific individual.
To lawfully process special categories of data, you must have:
You must also ensure that these policies are maintained, reviewed and updated when necessary, from the date processing begins up to 6 months after it ends, and you keep a record of the processing activities.
It is unlikely that you will process information about criminal convictions and offences but will need to use sensitive personal data when undertaking a right to rent check.