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Data Protection Act

Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 was brought into force on 1st March 2000 and works in two ways. It gives individuals certain rights. It also says those who record and use personal information must be open about how the information is used, and follow the eight principles of good information handling.

It also states that those who record and use personal information must be open about how the information is used and they must follow the eight data protection principles. Anyone processing ‘personal data’ must comply with the eight principles of good practice. These state that data must be:

  • Processed fairly and lawfully
  • Processed for limited purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate and up-to-date
  • Not kept longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights
  • Secure
  • Not transferred to countries outside EEA without adequate protection

The Commissioner has a publication scheme, which can be viewed here.; and a Retention Schedule is also available to view here.

Subject Access

The Subject Access provisions of the Data Protection Act give an individual the right to have a copy of any personal data held about them, subject to certain exemptions. This is known as a “Right of Subject Access”.

Should you wish to know what information (if any) Cumbria Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner holds about you, you should submit a request in writing to the address below.  To facilitate a request and to ensure that you provide all the information the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner may need to process your request, you may wish to submit your request on a Subject Access form – (please click here). Payment of a £10 fee, proof of identity and sufficient information to allow us to locate your personal data must accompany a completed application form/written request.

Application forms and further guidance are also available by post from:

Cumbria Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Police Headquarters, Carleton Hall, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 2AU
Tel: 01768 217734
Email: commissioner@cumbria-pcc.gov.uk

What happens next

Once we have received your completed application, we will start to process your request.  Depending on what information you have requested the process to provide you with your information can take up to 40 days.

When responding to Subject Access Requests the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner follow the processes and guidelines laid out by the Act and detailed within the Information Commissioner’s Website . The website provides information relating to your rights under the Act, with an explanation of the exemptions within the Act that may be used in certain cases.

Privacy Statement

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has a privacy statement which advises all its website users of what information is collected and/or stored when they visit this website.


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