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Data Protection Act 1998
Brentwood Borough Council may need to collect your personal data in order to provide you with council services, as well as for legally required purposes such as council tax and electoral registration.
Personal data is any data which can be used to identify a living individual. We will not pass your details to any other organisation without your consent unless there is a legal requirement for us to do so.
The Data Protection Act 1998 states that all personal data must:
- Be processed fairly and lawfully
- Only be obtained and processed for specified and lawful purposes
- Be adequate, relevant for the purpose and not excessive
- Be accurate and where necessary kept up to date
- Not be kept longer than necessary
- Be processed in accordance with the rights of the data subject
- Be kept secure
- Not be transferred to other countries without adequate protection for the rights and freedoms of the data subject
The Data Protection Act gives you a general right of access to your personal data. Access requests must be in writing. There is a fee of £10 for each access request.
In some cases we may have to withhold data if it refers to other people who have not consented to disclosure, or if disclosure could cause damage or distress, or prejudice crime prevention or legal proceedings. Even if we cannot provide you with the data, we will still confirm what type of data we hold and why we hold it.
You can find out more about Data Protection on the Information Commissioner's website.
If you think your personal data is inaccurate or out of date you can write to us explaining why and ask us to correct your data.