Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 entitles an individual to request from a data controller a copy of any information which amounts to personal data about them. The process is known as a Subject Access Request (SAR).
If you wish to make a SAR, you need to write to the organisation that holds the data in question, in this case the local police. Your letter should include the following information:
· Make it clear that you are making a 'subject access request in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998';
· Provide details of the data you are requesting copies of;
· Your main personal details - full name, date of birth and address;
The organisation may ask for a fee to fulfil your request, which should not be more than £10. Once you have provided all the relevant information and fee, the organisation must send you a formal response within 40 days.
It is best to contact the police first to see if they want any documents from you first, such as proof of identity. Then you can follow the above process.
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