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Personal data and your rights

What is personal data?

Personal data is any information about an identifiable living individual or from which such an individual can be identified.

Who is affected the data protection legislation?

Every individual and every organisation that works with people's personal information. As an individual, many originations will have your personal details for example, your rights apply equally they hold about you too.

Individual rights under the data protection legislation

Your rights are set out in the data protection legislation and include:

  • The right of access to your personal information
  • To request rectification or erasure of certain personal information
  • To object to processing in certain circumstances
  • The right to withdraw any consent you may have given to process your personal information
  • The right to complain to the Information Commissioner (opens new window) if you feel we are processing your personal information unlawfully
  • The right to restrict processing activities in certain circumstances
  • The right to object to certain types of processing activity
  • The right to portability of some personal information to another data controller in certain circumstances

You should also be told at the time we first start working with you the reasons why your information is being used, if you are ever in doubt please ask.

You may also receive details of:

  • The source of the personal data, unless this would identify the source as an individual (see third party guidelines)
  • Why your personal data is being used
  • Other organisations with whom your information is or may be shared

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