Data Protection Act 1998:

The 1998 Data Protection Act applies to personal data in computerised, manual or any other format so long as the data is in a system that allows the information to be readily accessible. The Act requires transparency in the use of information and emphasises the need for privacy and access by individuals.

Anyone collecting data will have to ask themselves why it is being collected, how it is going to be used and who will have access to it.

The SLCM will ensure that:

Based on the data protection principles that are central to the Act:

Personal data will be:

  1. processed fairly and lawfully
  2. processed for limited purposes of the SLCM
  3. adequate, relevant and not excessive
  4. accurate
  5. not kept for longer than is necessary
  6. processed in line with data subjects’ rights
  7. kept secure

SLCM members have the right to:

  1. have a copy of the information that the SLCM holds about them (this request should be responded to promptly or at the most within 40 calendar days)
  2. correct inaccurate data held about them
  3. object to the processing of personal data about them