The Data Protection Act 1998 is legislation established to protect an individual’s privacy by regulating the way their personal data is processed. The Act is based on eight legally enforceable principles which organisations who obtain and handle personal data must follow.
Devon County Council is committed to upholding these principles and has a recognised Data Protection Officer with responsibility for that.
The Data Protection Act provides you with a right to request copies of documented information that the council holds about you – the right of Subject Access.
Find out how to access your personal data, including details of the information needed by the council to progress your request. This covers circumstances when personal details of third parties can be requested, that information would normally be removed from disclosures made to you.
Here is some additional information on key issues :
- Access to the records of a deceased person
- Locating friends and family
- Prevention and detection of crime requests
For further information about your rights under the Act contact the Devon County Council Information Governance Team.
Further guidance about the Data Protection legislation is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office.