The Data Protection Act 1998 which replaced the
1984 Act received Royal assent on 16th July 1998 and came fully
into force in 1999.
As with the 1984 Act, the Act gives legal rights
to individuals (data subjects) in respect of personal data held
about them. The Act gives effect in UK law to EC Directive 95/46/EC
The Council's Data Protection
Policy Purpose of the Act
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
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.
To submit a request to see personal data stored
by the Council please use the Subject Access
Request Form and return to the Data Protection Officer by
or posting to the Council
Offices. Each request made will incur a £10 charge except
in the case of employees where this charge is waived.
Anyone can allow a third party to see their personal details and
act on their behalf, provided they have given consent on the
Authority for Data Access Form.
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 and they must
follow sound and proper practices by applying the Data Protection
A copy of the Act can be viewed at Information Commissioners Office
Last Updated - 25/07/2011