Information Governance concerns data protection and the publishing of information to users of Council services.
The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) governs the security of personal information and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) governs the rules for the Council making information available to you.
The DPA requires the Council to describe the data we hold in a Notification to the Information Commissioner and how we process it in a Fair Processing Notice. The Act also explains how you can obtain the information the Council holds about you as a Data Subject Access Request.
The FOIA describes how a public body such as the Council must provide a Publication Scheme that sets out the information the Council routinely makes available and whether we may charge for providing additional information.
The term 'publication' refers to documents available in a variety of formats, for example, reports, leaflets, web pages or databases. The purpose of the publication scheme is to make as much information as possible freely available and easy to access so that you do not need to make a specific Freedom of Information request.
You can access Freedom of Information requests raised with us on our Freedom of Information responses page.
Somerset County Council
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 273954