The Data Protection Act 1998


The Data Protection Act 1998 was brought into force on 1 March 2000 and works in two ways. It gives individuals certain rights. It also says those who record and use personal information must be open about how the information is used and must follow the eight principles of 'good information handling'.


Anyone processing personal data must comply with the eight enforceable principles of good practice. They 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  
  • Secure  
  • Not transferred to countries outside EEA without adequate protection 

Fair processing notice

Download Gloucestershire Constabulary Fair Processing notice here.

How do I get information about myself from the police?

Please see the Subject Access section of the website.

Related Information

- Privacy Policy -