The Data Protection Act 1998 operates in two ways. Firstly it gives us all certain rights. It allows us to find out what information is held about us on a computer, and some paper records. This is known as a "Right of Subject Access".
It also states that those who record and use personal information must be open about how the information is used and they must follow the eight data protection principles. Anyone processing 'personal data' must comply with the eight principles of good practice. These state that data must be:
Read some of the frequently asked questions regarding Data Protection and West Midlands Police. If you can not find the answer to your question here please contact:
The Data Protection Unit
West Midlands Police
PO Box 52