Most people don’t realise that the Data Protection Act can be used as a two way street. The main purpose is to protect a persons private information, but as shown in the picture above, can also be used to obtain information that is stored about you.

This means that you are fully able to contact someone who has stored information about you, and ask to see it all. This is subject to certain conditions, such as a possible charge for administration fees, but nevertheless is possible and legally enforceable.

For example, I can go to my doctor surgery and ask for access to all of the information stored about me. 

However, you cannot request information that also contains information about another person. For example, a solicitor will have information about you if you have seeped legal advice through them. However, this may also contain information on the other party, which cannot be disclosed to you.

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