The Data Protection Act requires anyone who keeps personal data to 'Notify' the Information Commissioner what they are doing. The Act also entitles individuals to find out what information is being held about them.
Day to day enquiries for personal information
Various areas of the council receive and answer informal requests from people for information about themselves on a daily basis. For example, people asking how much they owe in library fines. We will continue to deal with such enquiries from individuals in an informal way, at the council offices where the data is held.
Your right to information under the Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act gives you the right to apply for a copy of data about yourself. You may appoint someone to apply on your behalf (such as a relative or a solicitor).
In order to help you, and ensure confidentiality, we will need to ask you-
- for evidence to confirm your identity, such as a driving licence, or a birth certificate
- for information to allow us to find the data you want
Make a request
Download and complete the subject access request form and return it to -
Alfred Gelder Street
The Information Commissioner
We notify the Information Commissioner of the purposes for which we hold personal data. We do this in two notifications: electoral registration and whole council. Copies of our notifications are available from the information governance team (contact details below), or Information Commissioner's website.
Schools have separate notifications with the Information Commissioner and to obtain details or copies of the information they may hold about you or your child, you will need to approach the school concerned. School notifications are also held by the Information Commissioner.
All registers are open to public inspection at the Information Commissioner's office or on their website. If you wish to receive a copy of a notification, please contact -
The Office of the Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Tel: 01625 545 745
Fax: 01685 524 510