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Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 01 March 2000 and sets out rules for processing personal information and, with some exceptions, applies to vetting paper records as well as those held on computers. However, effective from the 25th May 2018 the Data Protection Act 2018 / General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now replaced this.

Within vetting we are required to hold your personal data lawfully, to ensure that the data is accurate and kept up to date and is not used for any purpose other than national security vetting. The security questionnaires show when and under what circumstances personal data may be shared and the checks that will be made. Personal data will not be passed outside the security community, (including to police authorities) except in exceptional circumstances.

All personal information gathered during the vetting process is handled in the strictest confidence. In a very small number of cases, where serious risks have been identified we may discuss the case with the relevant security authorities. In a few cases, and with the permission of the person being vetted, line management may be given some relevant information and be asked to help manage the risk. There is an extremely remote possibility of disclosure of vetting information in connection with criminal or civil proceedings. If you have any concerns about confidentiality please contact us for advice.

For further information including the West Mercia Police Privacy Notice please visit Our Privacy Notice.