Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives individuals certain rights to access data that organisations hold about them. It also says those who record and use personal information must be open about how the information is used and must follow the eight principles of ‘good information handling’.
The 8 data protection principles say that an individual's data must be:
- Processed fairly and lawfully
- Processed for limited purposes
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Accurate and up-to-date
- Not kept longer than necessary
- Processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights
- Not transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area without adequate protection
The Data Protection Act gives an individual the right to have a copy of any personal data held about them.
Section 7 of the Act states that a “data subject” (the person about whom the personal data refers) is entitled, upon written request, to be informed whether or not personal data is held or processed about them.
Should you wish to know what information (if any) the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire holds about you then you will need to complete a Subject Access form.
Privacy Impact Assessments
A Privacy Impact Assessment enables an organisation to analyse how a particular project or system will effect the privacy of the individuals involved. The purpose of the Privacy Impact Assessment is to ensure that privacy risks are minimised while allowing the aims of a project to be met whenever possible. Conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment is not required by law, however carrying out one effectively should benefit people affected by a project, and the orgnisation carrying out the project by helping organisation to comply with their Data Protection Act obligations.
If any Privacy Impact Assessments are undertaken they will be published here subject to exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(None as at December 2014)
How to obtain a Subject Access form
Please click on the following link to download a Subject Access form: Subject Access Form (PDF 810KB)
If you prefer you can contact us and ask for a Subject Access form by writing to, faxing, telephoning or e-mailing us at:
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Police Headquarters, Deepdale Lane, Nettleham, Nr Lincoln LN2 2LT
Fax: 01522 558739
Tel: 01522 947192
Please note that the process may take up to 40 days from receipt of your completed Subject Access form and fee.
A standard payment of £10.00 is charged for each request. You should send payment and proof of your identity along with your completed Subject Access form to the above address.