Data protection and freedom of information

The Council is committed to being open and transparent with the information it holds.  This is done while keeping to laws that protect information about individuals or general information. These are 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 what information is already available, see:

If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can make a Freedom of information (FoI) request.

To find out more about the personal information the Council holds, or to make a request to see your personal information, see: Data protection .

Council obligations

The Council's obligations in law include a right of access to Council Information, both personal and general. These obligations include:

  • ensuring information held on individuals is accurate, relevant and subject to clear archival and disposal policies;
  • ensure proper security measures are in place to protect all information;
  • ensuring all requests for information are dealt with promptly and the release of information is encouraged where 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.