Data Protection

Data protection laws protect your privacy and ensure that your personal data is processed fairly and lawfully. Personal data is information that can identify you such as your name and address. It can also cover other information the Council may hold about you such as Council Tax data or electoral registration.

Why does the Council hold information about me?

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, Mid Sussex District Council is a data controller registered with the Information Commissioner. This means we may collect and process information about you so that we can:

  • provide you with services you require
  • maintain records of services we provide.

We have to keep your personal data safe and secure. We do not share it with anybody else without your knowledge, unless we are required by law to do so.

We are also required to be registered with the Information commissioner and to have a policy. You can view the Mid Sussex Data Protection Policy here and if you wish to see our registration/notification, you can do so by selecting this link Mid Sussex Data Protection Registration/Notification and typing in the name of the Council. We have two registrations, one for the Council and one for our Electoral Services.

What are my rights?

You have the right to:

  • find out what information is held about you
  • ask for inaccurate data to be corrected, erased or destroyed. If you believe that inaccurate data has caused you damage or distress, you may be able to claim compensation
  • request that your personal data is not used to send you junk mail
  • request that decisions about you are not made solely by an automated process, e.g. credit scoring on a computer
  • request that your data stops being processed, if you believe that the processing will cause you damage or distress

Protecting public funds

We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Audit Commission runs the National Fraud Initiative (NFI). We follow their code of practice.

For further information contact: foi@midsussex.gov.uk