But you also need to know that information held about you is correct. If it’s not, it could cause problems. For example, you may be refused a job, benefits or credit, or even a place at the college or university you want to get into. In extreme cases, you could even become a potential victim of identity theft (that's when someone pretends to be you, and might try to do things like getting money out of your bank account, or signing up to things in your name) or be arrested for a crime you didn’t commit.
The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know what information is held about you and sets out rules to make sure this information is handled properly. Among its other functions, the Data Protection Office enforces the provisions contained in the Data Protection Act. So, if you have a complaint about any aspect of data protection, we may be able to investigate and take action on your behalf.
We have developed this corner to help you understand more about your personal information rights. Please give us your comments, should you feel there is anything you can contribute to by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org.