Data Protection Act 1998

Address level data concerning the energy performance of buildings constitute personal data for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998. Anyone using personal data must comply with the eight Data Protection Principles contained in that Act before personal data can be processed.

These principles are as follows:

  • 1. Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and shall not be processed unless one or more conditions established in the Act is met.
  • 2. Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes and shall not be processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.
  • 3. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed.
  • 4. Personal data shall be accurate and where necessary, kept up to date.
  • 5. Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purposes or those purposes.
  • 6. Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the data subject's rights under the Act.
  • 7. Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
  • 8. Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.

Personal data that is processed only for research, statistical or historical purposes may be exempt from principles (2) and (5).

Please be aware that under the rights of data subjects in the Data Protection Act 1998 an individual may make a subject access request. This entitles the data subject to obtain information that includes whether his or her data are being processed, a description of the data, the purposes of the processing, to whom it is disclosed and the source of the data. A fee may be payable for the request, which must be complied with within a specified period.

Please note that the Department will be adhering to the conditions of the Data Protection Act 1998 when retaining your e-mail address used for this registration.

For further information on the operation of the Data Protection Act 1998 please consult the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office.