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Data Protection


The Data Protection Act 1998 sets out rules for processing personal information (known as personal data) and applies to many paper records as well as those held on computer.

The act covers the collection, storage, processing and distribution of personal data, and gives certain rights to individuals about whom information is held.

For any queries on the Data Protection Act, please contact us.

If you'd like to see what information we hold about you, see our Accessing your personal data page.

There is a statutory charge of £10 applicable to these requests, although there may be a further charge for photocopying and postage, depending on the amount of material requested. We require two forms of identification with data protection requests (one of which needs to be photographic proof, for example passport or driving licence).

If the amount of material is too large for posting, the applicant will be invited to come to County Hall to view the records in a private room.

You may only apply for data concerning yourself, or someone for whom you are a legal representative.

Any information relating to third parties will be removed, unless they consent to the release of the data.