The Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act protects your privacy and makes sure your personal data is processed fairly and lawfully.
Personal data is information that can identify you and that relates to your home, personal or work life, such as your name and address. It can also cover other information we may hold about you such as library records or social care information.
The Data Protection Act contains eight principles which all organisations must comply with. We and our partners use these principles when processing your personal information.
The eight principles ensure information is:
- fairly and lawfully processed
- processed for limited purposes
- adequate, relevant and not excessive
- accurate and up to date
- not kept for longer than is necessary
- processed in line with your rights
- not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
You have the right to:
- find out what information is held about you
- ask for inaccurate data to be corrected, erased or destroyed - if you believe that inaccurate data has caused you damage or distress, you may be able to claim compensation.
- request that your personal data is not used to send you junk mail
- request that decisions about you are not made solely by an automated process, for example, credit scoring on a computer
- request that your data stops being processed, if you believe that the processing will cause you damage or distress
Find out what information is held about you
To get a copy of the information held about you, make a request in writing (letter, Email or fax). Email Address : FOI.email@example.com
Requests should clearly state what type of information is being sought, to help us identify the relevant information.
We will resolve your request within 40 calendar days from the receipt of the completed form.
Sharing data with other organisations
We work in partnership with other organisations to:
- improve the quality of life for people living and working in North Tyneside
- make sure that services for residents can be 'joined up' and better co-ordinated
We may work with partners when:
- dealing with law enforcement
- regulation and licensing
- criminal prosecutions and court proceedings
We are also required to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
- only share personal information when it is lawful to do so
- comply with legal requirements that must be considered and to ensure an individual's rights are respected