Access to information guidelines
The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) gives everyone the right to request any recorded information held by the Department.
This includes any information we may hold on computers, in emails and in printed or handwritten documents as well as images, video and audio recordings.
You similarly have the right to get a copy of information that is held about you. This is known as a subject access request.
This right of subject access means that you can make a request under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to any ‘data controller’ or organisation processing your personal data.
You can ask the Department to supply you with copies of paper or computer records we hold about you and any related information.