Data Protection and Freedom of Information
This page contains information and links to further pages on the Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
The Data Protection Act 1998 (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.
There are links on this page to the Council's Data Protection Policy and to the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 itself.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 came into effect on 1 January 2005 with the aim of increasing openness and accountability in Government and across the public sector. Please follow the links on this page to find out more information.
The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 apply to all Scottish Public Authorities and give the public rights to see information related to the environment.
Page last updated: 4 April 2017