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Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act gives individuals rights over their personal data, and imposes obligations, known as the eight data protection principles, on organisations like the council. There are exemptions from both rights and obligations. The best known of the rights is that of access to one's own personal data, known as 'subject access'.
What is the right of subject access?
This gives you the right to ask to see the personal information the Council holds about you. You just need to complete the form below, or write to the data management office, with your name and address and indicating the information you would like to see. It will help us if you provide as much information as possible to help us locate all the information you would like to see, for example any reference numbers given to you by the Council, the departments or council officers you have had contact with or any previous names or addresses we might have for you.
You will usually need to provide proof of your identity and address [11kb] [pdf] or may need to pay a fee (maximum £10.00) but we will tell you in advance if this is the case.
Data Protection Act - frequently asked questions