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Obtaining copies of data held by employer

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by international_muso, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. international_muso

    international_muso New commenter

    I would like to get a copy of all data that is in my personnel file from a previous employer. Can anyone advise me on how to do this? Also... how do I ensure they haven't removed anything that could be considered as libel?
     
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

  3. international_muso

    international_muso New commenter

    Thanks. So i'm guessing I just use the request template and address it to the school? What about the fee, should that be paid to them?
     
  4. international_muso

    international_muso New commenter

    Sorry, again... would it just be my personnel file that I would ask for? i.e. would that contain everything from references provided for me to complaints made, performance management and observations etc.
     
  5. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    That's it. The ICO template letter asks the school to let you know if they charge a fee for the information but have a look at this post which recommends sending it anyway so as not to give them the opportunity to delay. There's also a different template letter that you might find more useful. GLsghost is the expert on this and may have more advice to offer.



    https://community.tes.co.uk/tes_workplace_dilemmas/f/96/t/549831.aspx
     
  6. international_muso

    international_muso New commenter

    One other thing... would it be the freedom of information act (2000) or the Data protection act (1998)?
     
  7. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Away from home at the moment and not back until tomorrow evening. I have templates and can assist if you need it.
     
  8. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    DPA not FOI. See the link Rottweiler posted. X
     
  9. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    It's DPA not FOI. DPA is the law you use when the information you want is about you personally. (You'd use FOI for other types of information that a public body holds.)
     
  10. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Under DPA you have a right to see and correct any data held about you. It is to protect you from incorrect data.
     

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