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What is the absolute time limit for responding to a subject access request?

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Published on LexisPSL on 04/02/2014

The following Information Law Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is the absolute time limit for responding to a subject access request?
  • The right to request information
  • Time limit
  • What to do if you receive a subject access request

What is the absolute time limit for responding to a subject access request?

Organisations of all types and sizes process data about a variety of people every day, particularly about staff and clients. Much of this will be personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998), ie:

  1. data that can be used to identify a living person

  2. that is held or intended to be held on computers or manual records in a relevant filing system

The person to whom the data relates is called 'the data subject'. They have the right to be informed by any data controller whether personal data relating to them is being processed by or on behalf of that data controller.

The right to request information

An individual has the right to be informed whether personal data relating to them is being processed and if so to:

  1. be told what the personal data is, why it is being processed and to whom it may be disclosed

  2. receive, in an intelligible form, the information that forms the personal data and the source of that information

  3. the logic

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