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