The Data Protection Act 1998 governs the use of personal information by making sure that public organisations adhere to certain principles when processing personal data.
Anyone processing personal data must comply with the eight principles of good practice which say that data must be:
- Processed fairly and lawfully
- Processed for limited purposes
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Accurate and up-to-date
- Not kept longer than necessary
- Processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights
- Not transferred to countries outside EEA without adequate protection
Section 7 of the Act also gives you the right to access information held about you.
Should you wish to know what information the Council holds on you, you should fill the application form, provide proof of identity (a copy of your passport or driving licence or original documents such as utility bills), and pay o fee of £10 - by sending a cheque or postal order payable to 'Gwynedd Council'.
Send the form with the documents listed to:
- Information Manager, Customer Care, Council Offices, Shirehall Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1SH
Unfortunately we cannot accept email or on-line requests.
We have 40 calendar days in which to process your application.
Wales Accord on the Sharing of Personal Information (WASPI)
The aim of the Wales Accord on the Sharing of Personal Information (WASPI) is to facilitate information sharing between organisations and ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Gwynedd Council intends to sign the accord and will then create individual information sharing protocols for specific projects within its services.
For further information, visit the Welsh Accord on the Sharing of Personal Information website (external link).
The Council operates a number of CCTV systems in the area in order to protect property and prevent and detect crime. Since the cameras record the activities of individuals, they capture personal information and therefore their use will be covered by the Data Protection Act 1998. This Act ensures that personal information is processed appropriately.
As a member of the public, you have the right to see CCTV images of you and to receive a copy. Under the Act we must provide the information within 40 calendar days of receiving a request and will charge a fee of £10. Full details can be viewed in the CCTV Guidance Notes.
To submit an application to see CCTV images of yourself, please download and print an application, and once completed, return to the address noted on the form itself.
You can receive a hard copy of the application form by calling 01766 771000
Further information can be found on The Information Commissioner’s Office’s website