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Right of Access

​​Right of Access (Section 37)
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At a glance:

 

​. Individuals have the right to access their personal data and supplementary information.​

​. ​The right of access allows individuals to be aware of and verify the lawfulness of the processing​
 


In brief:

What information is a data subject (individual) entitled to under the Act?

Data subject has the right to obtain the following:​

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confirmation of whether, and where, the controller is processing their personal data;
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information about the purposes of the processing;

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information about the categories of data being processed;

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information about the categories of recipients with whom the data may be shared;
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information about the period for which the data will be stored (or the criteria used to determine that period);

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information about the existence of the rights to erasure, to rectification, to restriction of processing and to object to processing;

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​information about the existence of the right to complain to the Commissioner;

. where the data were not collected from the datasubject, information as to the source of the data; and​

​​. information about the existence of, and an explanation of the logic involved in, any automated processing that has a significant effect on data subjects.

  
Access rights are intended to allow individuals to check the lawfulness of processing and the right to have a copy of their personal data and these rights should not adversely affect the rights of others.
 

How do I as an individual make an access request?


·     write to the controller or
·     fill in the Rights of Data Subject Form available in the Data Protection Regulations 2017and send it to the controller.
In case the request is manifestly excessive, the controller may charge a fee for providing the information or taking the action requested, or else the requested action will not be taken.
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