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Sept 27 2023

Overview Of UK Data Protection Rights

By Dean Jones, Data Protection Officer

Did you know that the right to be informed about the way your data is used is a fundamental right of the UK’s data protection legislation? In fact, individual data subjects (that’s you and I) have eight rights that can be exercised and they are as follows:

  1. The right to be informed.
  2. The right of access.
  3. The right to rectification.
  4. The right to erasure.
  5. The right to restrict processing.
  6. The right to data portability.
  7. The right to object.
  8. Rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling.

We won’t go into detail on every single entry into this list but, in essence, individuals have to be informed about the collection and use of their personal data including purposes for processing, how long your information is kept for and who it is shared with. This is often referred to as ‘privacy information’ or a ‘privacy policy’. The information provided should be concise, transparent and use clear language. Some of the rights relate to your ability to control the data and the way it is used, however, they are not absolute and the law provides data controllers with the right to exempt itself from your requests in certain circumstances.

As a business, CFH has a privacy policy for all its employees as well as a separate policy for its important customers. This can be found on our legal page which hosts our privacy policy on our website. Alternatively, you can request a copy from your contact at CFH.

Whilst major changes and updates are communicated as and when, we would encourage individuals to read and understand the policy. The policy demonstrates the company’s compliance with the UK’s legislation in relation to your information.

It goes without saying that the rights listed here are applicable across various organisations that you share data with and that knowing your rights is important to be able to make informed decisions on the way that companies and groups use the information you have provided. You should be able to find this information on most companies/organisations’ websites, usually near the bottom, along with their cookie policy.

If you have any questions relating to the way that CFH uses your data as listed in the privacy policy then please direct them towards us at the Data Protection team, we can be contacted via email:

If you want to know more about how to stay safe online you can read Dean's previous blog - Navigating The Seas of The World Wide Web.

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