The Data Protection Act 1998 is designed to cover the collecting, storing, processing and distribution of personal data. It gives rights to individuals about whom information is recorded.
This applies to all individuals whether they are an employee, elected member or a member of the public. Each individual has the right to access personal data, prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress and prevent processing for the purposes of direct marketing.
They also have rights in relation to automated decision taking, to take action for compensation if they suffer damage by any contravention of the Act by the data controller, to rectify, block, erase or destroy inaccurate data and to make a request to the Data Protection Commissioner for an assessment to be made of the data controller if they feel that the Act has been contravened.
Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 you are allowed to ask the Council for any information held about you as an individual. If you wish to make an enquiry about data that relates to yourself, then please write to:
The Data Protection Officer
Three Rivers District Council
Three Rivers House
Herts WD3 1RL
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have 40 calendar days, from receipt of a valid Subject Access Request, to respond with the information.
The Act places obligations on those who record and use personal data (data controllers). They must be open about the use of such personal data through notification to the Information Commissioner and they must follow sound and proper practices by applying the Data Protection Principles.
A copy of the Data Protection Act 1988 can be viewed at Her Majesty's Stationery Office website.