Written by Peter Fisher – v2lawblog
The Data Protection Act allows you to request any information that is held about you by an organisation. By making a request you can get access to
- Any personal data that is being processed.
- A description of the personal data, the reasons it is being processed, and whether it will be given to any other organisation.
- A copy of the information comprising the data.
- Details of the source of the data if such details exist.
The Freedom of Information Act 2005 often shorted to FOI entitles any person to ask any public organisation, such as the home office for any recorded information that they keep.
A list of organisations covered by the Act is available at the Information Commissioner’s website: http://www.ico.gov.uk/
The act is designed to give the public access to information regarding governmental decisions how public sector organisations develop. The political definition for this is the openness of government
How do I ask for information?
All public authorities covered by the Freedom of Information Act have a publication scheme; for private inquires you should ask at the main office or administration department of the company you would like to request information from for details of the procedure.