Data Protection

The Data Protection Act controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. Everyone has to follow rules called ‘data protection principles'. They must make sure the information is:

  • used fairly and lawfully
  • used for limited, specifically stated purposes
  • used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • accurate
  • kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
  • handled according to people's data protection rights
  • kept safe and secure
  • not transferred outside the EEA without adequate protection

There is stronger legal protection for more sensitive information, such as:

  • ethnic background
  • political opinions
  • religious beliefs
  • health
  • sexual health
  • criminal records

You should always be able to ask the service what information they are holding and how securely they keep such information about you and your child or children.

last updated: 07/07/2023