Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 came into effect on 1 March 2000. The Act regulates the use of personal data and gives effect in UK law to the European Directive on Data Protection. 

What does the Act cover ?

The Act is concerned with "personal data" , that is information about living, identifiable individuals. This need not be particularly sensitive information and can be as little as a name and address.

The Act gives individuals (data subjects) certain rights. It also requires those who record and use personal information (data controllers) to be open about their use of that information and to follow sound and proper practices (the Data Protection Principles). Data controllers are those who control the purpose for which and the manner in which personal data is processed. Data subjects are the individuals to whom the personal data relate.  

The Information Commissioner (ICO) is responsible for administering and enforcing the Data Protection Act.

As the Parish Council holds personal information about living individuals on paper and computer (e.g. details of planning applications, grant applications etc.) we have notified our registration with the ICO under the Data Protection Act 1998. You can find the Parish Council listed on the ICO's web site. 

A comprehensive policy on the Data Protection Act and responsibilities can be found here.