UK ICO Issues Guidance on Requests for Personal Data

16 August 2013

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on Aug. 8 published new guidance for organizations to help them deal with requests from individuals for their data.

Under the Data Protection Act, anyone has the right to find out what information an organization holds about them by making a “subject access request.” This allows individuals to find out information ranging from details recorded on their credit history to data included in their health record.

During the last financial year the ICO handled over 6,000 complaints related to subject access requests, with over one in six of these complaints relating to money lenders, including credit reference agencies and banks.

See the ICO’s new subject access code of practice.

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