The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to see data we hold on you (with a few exceptions) and have it corrected if it is currently incorrect.
The Act makes us responsible for handling your data securely and efficiently, and for ensuring we do not disclose it to other people or organisations without meeting legal conditions that protect your privacy (for example, we may have to ask your permission).
The Act also requires the council to register its use of personal information in the Data Protection Register which is kept by the Information Commissioner (a Government officer). Our Data Protection Policy outlines how we meet these responsibilities.
If you want to see the information we hold on you, please print out and fill in the Subject Access Request form and send it to the address given on the form. Our Subject Access Request Policy outlines what is involved.
Police, solicitors, Inland Revenue (amongst others) may wish to claim an exemption under sections 29 (3) or 35 of the Data Protection Act. They should fill in the Section 29 and 35 form and return it to the council department they are making their request to.
From 1 April 2013, The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives local authorities powers to perform the public health function, which means Lambeth’s and Southwark’s public health teams will transfer from the NHS (National Health Service) to Lambeth and Southwark councils. Our Public Health Fair Processing Notice outlines our responsibilities.