Find out how healthy your attitude to your personal information is and follow some simple steps to safeguard your information.
Find out what information is held about you on a computer and within some manual records, such as medical records, files held by public bodies and financial information held by credit reference agencies.
If you believe your personal data is inaccurate, you can write to the organisation to tell them what you believe is wrong with your information and what should be done to correct it.
You can ask an organisation not to process information about you that causes substantial unwarranted damage or distress. The data controller is not always bound to act on the request.
An organisation is required not to process information about you for direct marketing purposes if you ask them not to. For example, you have the right to stop unsolicited mail.
In some circumstances you can object to organisations making significant decisions about you, such as your performance at work or creditworthiness, where the decision is completely automated and there is no human involvement.
You can claim compensation through the courts from an organisation for damage, and in some cases distress, caused by any breach of the Act.