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Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.

As an organisation we are bound by the act to provide an individual any information we may hold about them, should they request it and to ensure any data we do hold is treated in a responsible manner.

Data protection principles

Anyone processing personal data must comply with the eight enforceable principles of good practice.

The information 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
  • Secure
  • Not transferred to countries outside EEA without adequate protection

How we use your personal information

Our Fair Processing Notice explains how the Avon and Somerset Constabulary ('the Constabulary') obtains, holds, uses and discloses information about people - their personal information, the steps we take to ensure that it is protected, and also describes the rights individuals have in regard to their personal information handled by the Constabulary.

The use and disclosure of personal information is governed in the United Kingdom by the Data Protection Act 1998 ('the Act'). The Constabulary's Chief Constable is registered with the Information Commissioner as a 'data controller' for the purposes of the Act. As such he is obliged to ensure that the Constabulary handles all personal information in accordance with the Act.

The Constabulary takes that responsibility very seriously and takes great care to ensure that personal information is handled appropriately in order to secure and maintain individuals trust and confidence in the force.

Find out what data we have about you

The Act provides the right for the individual to request a copy of personal information held about them by a data controller. This is known as 'subject access'.

If you wish to access any information we may have about you, please visit our Access to your Personal Information page for further details.

Inaccurate or incorrect use of information

If you have any concerns over how we are handling any data we have stored about you, you should contact the Force Data Protection Officer within our Corporate Information Management Department using the contact details below.

Useful contacts

Corporate Information Management Department
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
PO Box 37
Valley Road
BS20 8QJ

01275 816 376

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

0303 123 1113
Information Commissioner's Office website