About the Data Protection Act

What is the Data Protection Act 1998 and what are your rights?

It is a law which came into force at the end of October 1998. It was introduced to protect personal data, that is data about living individuals (you and me) no matter how it is processed, what it is processed for or who processes it.

It does so by setting rules and conditions which all users of personal information such as Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (known as Data Controllers) must obey when obtaining and using information about you. The Act also provides you with certain rights that the Controllers must respect.

Your rights are as follows:

  • To ask the authority if it holds personal information about you
  • To ask what it uses the information for
  • To be given a copy of the information
  • To be given details about the purposes for which the Authority uses the information and of other organisations or persons to whom it is disclosed
  • To ask for incorrect data to be corrected
  • To ask the Authority not to use personal information about you for direct marketing; which is likely to cause damage or distress or to make decisions about you based on the automatic processing of the data 
  • To compensation for damage or distress should these be caused by our failure to comply with certain requirements of the Act.

A Fair Processing Notice can be found under Related Downloads explaining how we will handle your personal data.

Page last updated: 08/06/2017