How do I find out what information a company holds on me?

How do I find out what information a company holds on me?

Write to an organisation to ask for a copy of the information they hold about you. If it’s a public organisation, write to their Data Protection Officer ( DPO ). Their details should be on the organisation’s privacy notice.

Can I access information held about me?

You have the right to ask an organisation whether or not they are using or storing your personal information. You can also ask them for copies of your personal information, verbally or in writing. This is called the right of access and is commonly known as making a subject access request or SAR.

How do I find out what data is held on me?

How can I find out what is held about me? If you want to know if a person or organisation holds information about you and, if so, what information they hold, you will need to write to that person or organisation and make a subject access request. You should ask for a copy of all the information they hold about you.

What is a SARS request?

A subject access request, or SAR, is a written request to a company or organisation asking for access to the personal information it holds on you. This is a legal right everyone in the UK has, that you can exercise at any point for free in most circumstances.

Who can see my personal data?

Individuals have the right to access and receive a copy of their personal data, and other supplementary information. This is commonly referred to as a subject access request or ‘SAR’. Individuals can make SARs verbally or in writing, including via social media.

Who can access my personal data?

What information can I request under GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), under Article 15, gives individuals the right to request a copy of any of their personal data which are being ‘processed’ (i.e. used in any way) by ‘controllers’ (i.e. those who decide how and why data are processed), as well as other relevant information (as detailed …

What grounds can a subject access request be refused?

You can also refuse to comply with a SAR if it is: manifestly unfounded; or. manifestly excessive.

How can I access my personal data held by a company?

If they do have your personal data then you have the right to access that data, be provided with a copy and get any relevant additional information (such as their reason for processing your personal data, the categories of personal data used, etc.).

Do you have a right to access information from a public body?

Some information, such as records about a dead relative, or documents you need for legal purposes, may not always be available under the Act. However, you may have a right to see the information you want under other legislation. The public authority holding the information you want should advise you.

Why is access to Informa tion so important?

Now many other countries are passing legislation to combat corruption and increase public confidence in government. Access to informa- tion is a crucial element in the effort to reduce corruption, increase account- ability, and deepen trust among citizens and their governments.

Can a subject access request be made under the Data Protection Act?

If your request is for information about yourself, such as your medical records, you should make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act. Is the authority likely to have the information? It may save you time if you check with the authority whether it is likely to have the information you want.

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