This legislation is designed to cover the collecting, storing,
processing and distribution of personal data. It gives rights to
individuals about whom information is recorded. The local authority
is responsible for ensuring that they comply with the terms of the
Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 1st March 2000
to protect personal data about individuals.
Under the Act any ‘data controller’ has a duty to protect
information collected from an individual. ‘Data’ includes
information held in manual files or on computer. The Act also gives
the individual rights to request information on data held about
Why does SBC hold data about me?
The council needs to process personal data about you in order
to provide its services effectively.
How is my personal data protected by the
The council as a ‘data controller’ is only allowed to process
data about you fairly and lawfully in accordance with the
provisions of the Data Protection Act. The Act sets out rules and
conditions which the Council must comply with when obtaining and
using information about you.
For example, you have the right to require the council to stop
processing personal data about you if the processing of that data
will cause substantial and unwarranted damage or distress. You can
also require the council to stop processing personal data about you
for the purposes of direct marketing. You are also entitled to see
what data the Council holds about you and have corrected any
information that might be wrong
How do I request data held by the Council about
You have the right to ask the council what information it
holds about you, what the information is being used for and who the
information is being given to. You have the right to be given a
copy of the information the council holds about you and to correct
any incorrect information. You need to make any such request in
wiriting to the council’s Data Protection Officer (please see
What can I do if the council has not met its
If your rights are infringed and you suffer damage as a result
you may be entitled to claim compensation.
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