The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 1March 2000 and sets rules for processing personal information about living people. In the public sector the Act applies to information in all formats, including paper, computerised and electronic records, and audio-visual records.
The Act works in two ways:
- It says that those who handle personal information (data controllers) must follow the eight principles of 'good information handling'. This includes telling the subject of the information exactly how the information will be used.
- It gives rights to people who have data kept about them (data subjects).
One of the rights under this Act is the 'Right of Subject Access'. This gives individuals the right to be supplied with the personal data held about them. If you wish to make a request for information about yourself please print the Subject Access Form below, and follow the instructions.
Subject Access Request Form (PDF 208kb)
Subject Access Requests cost £10 and we also require two forms of identity, as explained on the form.
If you would like to ask any questions about the way we handle your personal data, please email firstname.lastname@example.org