The Data Protection Act governs the information that we hold about you, how we use it and how you can access it.

What is Data Protection?

We have a duty to look after the information we hold about individuals. This means that we must:

  • Only use your information for lawful purposes
  • Tell you what we are going to do with your information
  • Not use it for other reasons
  • Ensure that it is accurate and kept up to date
  • Not ask for more information than we need to do our job
  • Keep the information secure
  • Not keep it longer than necessary
  • Not send it to countries with less rigorous Data Protection laws than ourselves without your permission.

How do I find out what information the Council holds about me?

This is called a Subject Access Request. You can make a subject access request by:

  • Completing the Subject Access request form available to download from the righ hand side of this page;
  • In writing, either by email or post;;
  • Verbally;

The Subject Access Request Form will give you an idea of how to write or phrase your request.

You can submit your request to data.protection@swdevon.gov.uk.

How long until you hear from us?

  • We must respond within one calendar month of receiving your request.