Find out how your council is using your personal data for free today
Search for any local council and easily send them an access request.
It's free and takes a minute.
For example 'Lambeth council'
Why should I find out what my local council knows about me?
You should find out what your local council knows about you, and how they're using your data, to stop them sharing or selling it to third parties.
Personal data that local councils typically store:
- Contact details
- Marital status
- Number of children
- Electoral register
- Data that affects your credit rating
It’s easy to think of personal data as abstract, but sharing it can have real life consequences.
Insurance decisions, for example, are often determined using bought personal data.
While not all councils sell your information, many do. To find out which councils sell your personal data, see our investigation here.
Personal data is any information that can directly or indirectly identify you as you. Think address, beliefs, and financial records.
How do I send a subject access request?
No problem, simply:
- Search for your local council
- Fill in your basic details so that they can identify you
- Check your email to send your access request
They have to reply within 30 days with what personal data of yours they have, and what they're doing with it.
How long until a council responds to my request?
After the council has received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. If this happens, our support team is here to help!
What if they don't reply?
Don't worry, they have to reply by law. You can ask any organisation to tell you where your personal data is, thanks to your rights under GDPR law. GDPR applies in the UK and EU.
Whether you want to delete your data your council instead, you can do so here. It’s yours after all.
What if I’ve said they can use my data in the past?
If you agreed to an organisation using your data but you’ve changed your mind, don’t worry! They still have to tell you what they have, and delete it if you want them to.
What if I’m not sure if they have my data?
You can still ask them. If they don’t have it, they have to let you know.
We’re free because our mission is to make data fairer, for everyone.
This means that our services operate on a not-for-profit basis. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs, and that we’ll never, ever sell your data.
Still have questions?
It's simple and completely free