Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them. It provides a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly.
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to access information held about you by organisations. The act governs how organisations can use the personal information that they hold - including how they acquire, store, share or dispose of it.
The act is administered and enforced by the Information Commissioner - an independent authority who is appointed by the Queen and reports directly to parliament.
Some information which we hold may not be made public, for example information about national security or court records. Likewise some documents may include exempt information, so you will only receive the information, which is not exempt.
- A Guide to Requesting Information Under the Environmental Information Regulations, Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts
For a full explanation of the rules governing requests of information under any of the above please contact the Information Officer.