The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to access information held about you by organisations. The act governs how organisations can use the personal information that they hold - including how they acquire, store, share or dispose of it.
The act is administered and enforced by the Information Commissioner - an independent authority who is appointed by the Queen and reports directly to parliament.
Data protection is an international issue which results from European legislation
We are responsible for government policy on data protection, and represent the UK in European data protection negotiations.