The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 1 March 2000 and sets out rules for processing personal information, namely information held about individual people. These rules (known as the data protection principles) apply whether paper or computer records are maintained.
What information can I request?
- If Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) holds any personal information about you;
- What that information is used for;
- A copy of the information;
- Details of other organisations / people we disclose it to;
- That incorrect information be corrected;
- That personal information about you is not used for direct marketing;
- Compensation for damage / distress caused if TVCA does not comply with the Act.
How do I make a request to see information about me?
Your request must be put in writing (faxes and emails are acceptable) asking to see your records and giving:
- Your name and address for correspondence;
- Your date of birth;
- Whether you have been employed by TVCA and if so, between which dates you were employed.
- Full details of the information required.
We will respond to requests within 40 calendar days of receipt.
All requests must be addressed to:
Tees Valley Combined Authority,
Teesdale Business Park
Fax No: (01642) 632001
Is there a charge for the information?
The costs of supplying information in the form requested will be taken into consideration when individual requests are received. In some cases a fee may be charged, which you will be made aware of prior to us providing the information requested.
What information can I expect to receive?
You will be given either a photocopy or printout for you to keep and check for accuracy of all the information TVCA holds about you. In addition, you can also ask for:
o details of the purpose for which we use the information;
o a list of others to whom it may be disclosed;
o any information about our data source.
What if the information is incorrect?
You must write and tell us so that we can correct it. Confirmation that this has been done will be sent within 21 days of receiving your request. If we do not agree that the information is incorrect, you can ask for your disagreement to be recorded. You can also appeal to the Information Commissioner or to a Court if we do not correct the information.
Information Commissioner’s Office