Individuals have the right of access to information about themselves ('personal data') which is held by the Force, under the Data Protection Act 1998. This is known as subject access and should be used if you want to access your own data. As far as public authorities are concerned, the Freedom of Information Act extended individuals rights to request access to all the types of information held, whether personal or non-personal.
The Act does, however, set out some exemptions to this right and it also places a number of obligations on public authorities about the way in which they provide information. Subject to the exemptions anyone making a request has the right to be told whether information exists and the right to receive the information. In general, a response must be provided within 20 working days.
There is also a duty on public authorities to provide advice or assistance to anyone seeking information (for example in order to explain what is readily available or to clarify what is wanted).
How long will it take?
We will make every effort to respond to written requests within 20 working days.