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Making a Data Protection Act information request

8 April 2019

Data protection gives people the right to know what personal information Essex County Council holds about them. Access to non-personal information is managed under the Freedom of Information Act.

A request for personal information under the Data Protection Act can be made via email or in writing. This is known as a subject access request. In order to make a subject access request you will need to provide the following information:


  • your name
  • your address
  • proof of identity
  • enough information to identify your records


Once you have made a request you will receive an acknowledgement and your request should be answered within one month. In certain circumstances, for example, when the requested information is complex in nature, we are allowed to take an additional two months; although we will always endeavour to release the information as quickly as possible. For more details about what you can expect from us, see the Information Commissioner's website.

If you would like to make a request, please contact us in the following ways:

By email:
In writing to:
Transparency Team 
PO Box 11
County Hall