The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) applies to personal data. The Act allows people to find out what personal information is held by organisations about them by making a Subject Access Request.
Data Subjects who wish to make a SAR to Fife Council will need to provide evidence of their identity. There is no charge for the first SAR made by a data subject to Fife Council. However repeat requests, particularly detailed requests or multiple requests made over a short period of time, may incur a small charge (£10). Fees will be applied on a case by case basis.
You can use this online form to request access to information held about you:
Information Requests OnlineIf you have difficulty viewing the information request form, open it in a new browser window
You can also make a SAR by email - send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter - send your request to: Information Co-ordinator, Fife Council, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5LT.
Personal data is any information which is capable of identifing a living individual e.g. name and address, audio or video recording, CCTV image, email address, postcode, photograph etc. A SAR can include both electronic information and paper records, and the organisation must provide the information within 40 calendar days (there are some exceptions to this).
The Information Commissioner promotes public access to official information and protects personal information. The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) is an independent body with specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.
The ICO provides advice for individuals and organisations on a range of information issues including:
- Information sharing
- Junk mail
- Privacy Notices
- Social networking
This link will take you to the ICO website: www.ico.org.uk
Iain Matheson, Head of Legal Services
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 21 80 Fax: 01592 583155 Contact Iain Matheson online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT