What is the Data Protection Act 2018 about?
The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) provides you with a right of access to information held about you. It does not just apply to public authorities. The Act regulates how a body like Inverclyde Council collects, processes, stores, and where appropriate, discloses personal information (data) held by it on computer and/or in manual files. In terms of the DPA, Inverclyde Council is the Data Controller of the information it holds about you.
Generally, personal information (data) is information that relates to a living individual who can be identified from that information, for example, your name and address. The DPA also protects ‘sensitive’ information you supply to the Council, such as, information about your health, racial or ethnic origin and the commission or alleged commission of any offence.
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Page last updated: 8 April 2020