If you wish to make a Subject Access Request for your personal data under the Data Protection Act, please complete the attached form and provide us with two forms of identification and a cheque or postal order for the £10 fee.
The Data Protection Act 1998 provides individuals with the right to know what information is held about them. The Act also sets out a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly and securely.
The Data Protection Principles
The Act is in two main parts; Firstly, the Act states that anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight ‘Data Protection Principles' which make are designed to ensure that personal information is:
- Fairly and lawfully processed
- Processed for limited purposes
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Accurate and up to date
- Not kept for longer than is necessary
- Processed in line with your rights
- Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
Subject Access Requests
The second area covered by the Act provides individuals with important rights, which includes the right to find out what personal information about themselves is held on computer and most paper records. Requests for personal information are referred to as ‘Subject Access Requests.'
Making a subject access request
Requests for personal information should be made in writing on the Council Subject Access request Form and applicants should provide the Council with two forms of identification and a cheque for the £10.00 fee required to process applications.