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How to make a subject access request

Find out how to make a subject access request.

DPA2018 and GDPR gives individuals (data subjects) a number of rights including the right to access personal data that an organisation holds about them. You can make a formal request to us either verbally or in writing. However, you must:

  • supply information to prove who you are (to eliminate risk of unauthorised disclosure)
  • supply appropriate information to help the council locate the information you require

Your request should include details and provide evidence of who you are such as your driving licence, passport or birth certificate. You should also provide as much detail as possible regarding the information you wish to access including:

  • where and by whom information is believed to be held
  • specific details of information required
  • the relevant time period
  • any unique reference numbers

To help us manage your request, please fill out our word icon subject access request form [41kb].

You can email the completed form to: subjectaccess@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or send it along with proof of your identity to:

Records Manager

East Renfrewshire Council

Council Headquarters

Eastwood Park

Giffnock, G46 6UG

What happens next?

We'll respond to your request within 1 calendar month. If your request is complex or you make more than one request then we may extend the time period, but we'll inform you of this.

Can I see all the information about me?

Usually, you'll be given a copy of all the information that we hold about you. However, information may be withheld such as:

  • information about another member of your family, unless explicit permission has been given by that person
  • information which has been given about you by a third party unless explicit permission has been given by that person
  • information which may prevent the detection of a crime or prosecution of an individual, or which may affect a legal matter such as care proceedings
  • information which it is believed would cause you or another person serious physical, mental or emotional harm if shared or disclosed.

Asking for information on someone's behalf

You can ask a 3rd party representative to act on your behalf when making a subject access request, such as a solicitor, financial advisor, carer or family member. We must be satisfied that you have consented to this and will ask your representative to demonstrate this by providing a mandate.

Parental or guardian rights

In cases where individuals are incapable of understanding or exercising  their rights, for instances because they are too young, then subject access requests may be made by parents or pother persona who are legally able to act on their behalf.

What if I want to change or amend information that is held about me?

If you believe that the information that we hold about you in our records is incorrect you can request that it is removed or corrected. We'll consider your request and may ask for further details or evidence to support it. If we're satisfied that the information is inaccurate we'll make sure it is either erased or amended.

Further information about why we may process your personal data can be found within our privacy policy.

What do I do if I have a complaint about how my personal data is being used?

If you're unhappy with the way we have dealt with your personal information, you can make a complaint by emailing: dpo@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or writing to our Data Protection Officer in writing to:

Data Protection Officer

East Renfrewshire Council

Council Headquarters

Eastwood Park

Giffnock, G46 6UG

If you remain dissatisfied after contacting our Data Protection Officer you've the right to make a complaint to the UK Information Commissioner. Further information about how to do this and your data protection rights can be found on the UK Information Commissioner's Office website. 

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