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Public information : Data Protection and Freedom of Information

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Freedom of Information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives every person the right to access information recorded and held by local councils subject to certain conditions and exemptions.

The intention of the Act is to provide a culture of greater openness and accountability for public organisations.

We have a duty to respond to information requests and will be able to tell you if information is available.

Tell us what information you would like to access and how you would like to access the information, for example; inspect a document at a Stockton Council office or receive information by email or post.

We may take into account the cost of supplying the information in the form you request.

When the Council receives a request for information, we will consider the request and respond by no later than 20 working days after receiving your request, or on receipt of any fee which is payable.

If your request is refused you can ask for the decision to be reviewed.  If, after a review, the Council still refuses your request, you may ask the Information Commissioner to review that decision. 


Data Protection

Do you want to know what information is held about you? The Data Protection Act (1998) was created to ensure the information we create and hold is processed in accordance with an individual rights.

The Act provides you with certain rights:

  • The right to know what information is being held about you
  • The right to know what information is processed about you
  • The right to know where the information came from and who accesses it
  • The right to request access to your information
  • The right to take action to block, rectify, erase or destroy inaccurate data
  • The right to stop personal data being used for marketing purposes

The Act places a legal responsibility on the council to make sure that all data collected, obtained and processed receives the highest level of protection and is safeguarded from loss and unauthorised processing. You can request this information by completing a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) form.


Annex C

Please complete this form to make a request and send it to for consideration.

Data Protection (Section 29) requests

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Information requests

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