Data Protection/Freedom of Information
The Data Protection Act 1998 was created to ensure that information about individuals is processed in accordance with the rights provided in the Data Protection Act 1998 together with providing them with safeguards to prohibit any non-compliant or unauthorised processing.
The Act works in two ways. Firstly, it states that anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles, which make sure that personal information is:
- Fairly and lawfully processed
- Processed for limited purposes
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Accurate and up to date
- Not kept for longer than is necessary
- Processed in line with your rights
- Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
The second area covered by the Act provides individuals with important rights, including the right to find out what personal information is held on computer and most paper records.
Should you feel that you are being denied access to personal information that you are entitled to, or feel that your information has not been handled according to the eight principles (above), you can contact the Information and Data Officer at One Vision Housing (details below)
Information and Data Officer,
One Vision Housing Limited,
Dunnings Bridge Road,
Alternatively email email@example.com
Further information can also be obtained from the Information Commissioner’s Office – details below:
Information Commissioner’s Office,
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Tel: 01625 545745
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act came into force at the beginning of 2005. It deals with access to official information. The Act provides individuals with the right to request information held by a public authority. One Vision Housing is not currently covered legally by this Legislation.
Further details are available from the Information and Data Officer – (details above)