Data protection laws keep your privacy safe. They make sure that your personal information is dealt with fairly and lawfully.
Personal information includes such things as:
- Your name and address
- Council Tax details
- Electoral registration
Why does the Council hold information about me?
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, Mid Sussex District Council is allowed to collect and process information about you so that we can:
- Provide you with services
- Maintain records of the services we provide
We have to keep your personal data safe and secure. We do not share it with anybody else without your knowledge unless we are required by law to do so.
To find out more about data protection please visit: the government data protection website.
Requesting information about myself
First read our guidance notes. Then either:
We will get back to you within 40 calendar days after we have received:
- Your request
- The fee
- Any accompanying documents
Please note: You are only permitted to access information about yourself.
We may withhold information that includes information about somebody else.
If you have any questions please email us using the address above or contact the Data Officer:
But we need to be absolutely sure that you are authorised by them to make the request.
Proof needs to be in writing and signed by that person.
Parents or carers can make applications on behalf of children - but they have no automatic right to the information.
We will only give out information if it is in the best interests of the child.
Please note: We will be guided by the wishes of a child old enough to give informed consent.
But you will need to provide a 'lasting power of attorney'.
Images of people are covered by the Data Protection Act.
And so is information about people which is taken from images.
Most uses of CCTV by organisations or businesses will be covered by the Act regardless of the number of cameras or how sophisticated the equipment is.
You will have to:
- Inform the Information Commissioner (ICO)
- Let ICO know if you give the recorded images to anyone other than the police or a similar law enforcement agency
CCTV footage and your rights
You will need to complete a Data subject access form.
This requires you to:
- Give us the day, the time within one hour and your location
- Provide a brief description of what you were wearing
- Provide a full face photograph
- Tell us if you want a permanent copy in the form of video or photograph
- Provide proof of your identification
- Pay a £10 fee
Please note: Mid Sussex District Council will only give you this information if it is satisfied as to your identity.
Yes - if others can be identified in the images.
We will only share these images with you if:
- Other people in the images have given their consent
- We decide it is reasonable to give consent
Please note: We will always explain why we are unable to share any CCTV images or data with you.
No more than 40 days after receiving the fee and your completed form.
We keep CCTV images and data for 31 days.
And 60 days for body worn camera images. These images are then destroyed.
- The police
- Statutory authorities such as local authorities, Customs & Excise, Trading Standards, etc.
- Claimants in civil proceedings
- Accused persons or defendants in criminal proceedings
Senior Information Governance Officer