The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) controls how your personal information is stored and used by organisations, businesses or the government.
We respect everyone's rights to privacy and are fully committed to complying with the strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. We make sure that information is:
- used fairly and lawfully
- used for limited, specifically stated purposes
- used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
- handled according to people’s data protection rights
- kept safe and secure
- not transferred outside the UK without adequate protection
Who do you share my personal information with?
We do not pass on your personal information to any third parties or central government departments unless you give us permission or the law requires/permits it. We will not share your personal data with other organisations for commercial purposes and we will not use it to market our services to you without your consent.
Find out what data we store about you
The Data Protection Act gives you the right to find out what information we store about you. To find out what information we hold you will need to complete a subject access request form, each request has a statutory charge of £10. Full details of the request process and how to pay for the service is included in the subject access request form.
We may ask you to provide proof of identity before we release the data to you.
If the documents you require include information about other people (third parties), we may edit this out.
There are some situations where we are allowed to withhold information, for example if the information’s about:
- the prevention, detection or investigation of a crime
- national security or the armed forces
- the assessment or collection of tax
- judicial or ministerial appointments
We are not obligated to say why we withhold information.