Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 came in to force in March 2001.  At the Council, the Information Compliance Officer is responsible for ensuring that data protection issues are managed in accordance with the Act, and it is essential that officers understand the Act’s requirements from the outset of any consultation process.

The main thrust of the Act is that when you collect personal data about people you must process it fairly and safeguard it properly.  You must also tell people what you are going to do with their data and also, if they ask, give them access to what you have collected.

The Act applies whenever data capable of identifying an individual is collected: name, address, telephone number, benefits reference number, etc.  

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is intended to promote the openness of public organisations by providing people with the right of access to information that public organisations hold. 

In order to comply with the Act the Council must

1. Adopt a publication scheme about the information that it routinely makes available and how it can be obtained.

2. Comply with requests for the information that it holds unless that information is exempt for the Act.  This information should normally be made available within 20 working days.


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Data protection notice

Data protection notice

The information you have provided may be shared across Bath and North East Somerset Council for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry. We will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for other purposes, unless your consent has been given or the law allows this.

The use of your personal information is covered by our registration under the Data Protection Act 1998. You can, under this legislation, request a copy of the information we hold about you. If any information we hold about you is incorrect please let us know.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is committed to upholding the principles of the Data Protection Act, and will not process your information in a way incompatible with these principles.

The Council’s Information Compliance Office can be contacted on (01225) 477000 or via email at

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