The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) is an act of Parliament defining the ways in which information about living people may be legally used and handled. The fundamental principles of DPA 1998 specify that personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully.

You have a right to obtain any information held about you and also ensure that the information held about you is correct.

You can ask the organisation you think is holding or sharing information about you to supply you with paper and computer records and related information, they must comply with you request within 40 days. You may also be charged a fee for this request, an organisation may charge a fee of up to £10, if it is a credit reference agency the fee is £2. There are also special rules that apply to paper based health records the maximum fee is currently £50 and for Education records there is a sliding scale of £1 to £50 depending on the number of pages.

For further information please contact childrens services at [email protected] and adult services at [email protected]