Sensitive personal data - what the law says

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, sensitive personal data is defined in specific ways as set out below:

  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Political opinions or persuasion
  • Religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature
  • Trade union membership or affiliation
  • Physical or mental health or condition
  • Sexual life
  • Commissioned or alleged commission of offences
  • Any proceedings for any offence, committed or alleged, including any sentencing decisions made by the court

Our pledge

As a council, we have a duty of care to our citizens. This includes ensuring that we are delivering the services which meet both individual and community needs. In order to monitor our performance, we may ask questions that include information which the law defines as sensitive.

When seeking legally sensitive data, we will always try to explain why we want the information and how we intend to use it. In some instances, we will need sensitive information to give you the right service - for instance where you require special help due to a disability. Whatever the circumstances, you will always have an opportunity to seek clarification, rectify inaccuracies, and if necessary withdraw consent.

Last updated: 9 August 2016