Personal Records: Disclosure of Information

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 2nd August 2017.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has the capacity to provide citizens with all the data it holds on them.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, which is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, any individual can request the personal data held on them by a public body. Public bodies are required to carry out a reasonable and proportionate search for the requested information. Where the information is in unstructured paper records, then a cost limit applies. Each public body is a separate data controller, and each request is dealt with on an individual basis.

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