Data Protection

Since 1 March 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 has given individuals the right to see certain information relating to themselves which is held in hard copy format (eg paper files) as well as electronically (eg on computer).

Clearly, for Land Registry to operate effectively, both as a service provider and as an employer, it needs to collect and use certain types of information about the people it deals with. This includes current, past and prospective employees, suppliers of goods and/ or services, customers and others with whom it communicates. It may also occasionally be required by law to collect and use such information to comply with the requirements of the Inland Revenue and other government departments.

Land Registry recognises that personal information must be dealt with properly regardless of how it is collected, recorded and used and that the safeguards set out in the Data Protection Act 1998 to ensure that this happens must be applied.

Land Registry regards the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as very important to successful operations and to maintaining the confidence of those it deals with. It aims, therefore, to ensure that all personal information is treated lawfully and correctly.

To this end, Land Registry fully endorses (and aims to adhere to) the Principles of data protection as set out in the 1998 Act. Specifically, the Principles require that personal information:

In keeping with these eight Principles, Land Registry will, through appropriate management, enable the strict application of those criteria and controls and: