Data protection and freedom of information
The Council seeks to promote transparency with the information it holds. This is in line with laws that have been passed to both protect and provide information about individuals or general information such as the Data Protection Act 1998 and The Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The easiest way to distinguish these Acts is:
- the Data Protection Act is about personal information
- the Freedom of Information Act is about all other kinds of information.
To find out more about the personal information the Council holds or to make a request to see your personal information, see Data protection.
To find out what information is already available see:
or if you can't find what you're looking for, make a Freedom of Information request.
The Council's obligations in law include a right of access to Council Information, both personal and general. These obligations include:
- Ensuring information held about individuals is accurate, relevant and subject to clear archival and disposal policies.
- Ensure that proper security measures are in place to protect all information.
- Ensuring that all requests for information are dealt with promptly, and that the release of information is encouraged where the legislation requires it.
- Treating people justly and fairly whatever their age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity when dealing with requests for information.
- Raising awareness with Council staff through literature and training to ensure that procedures for responding to requests are followed.