How can an employee see what information is kept on him by his employer?

The Data Protection Act 1988 gives you the right to find out what information the government and other organisations stores about you. Write to the organisation and ask for a copy of the information they hold about you.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows anyone to place a request for information to a public sector/publicly funded organisation on any subject. Even if this right is not used, all employees have the right to know exactly what information their employer is holding for them and provide it without difficulty.

If an employee thinks that the data has been misused or that the organisation holding it hasn’t kept it secure, he/she should contact them and tell them. If the employee is unhappy with their response or if he/she needs any advice,  he/she should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).



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