Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 was brought into force on March 1, 2000 and works in two ways.

It gives individuals certain rights.

It also says those who record and use personal information must be open about how the information is used and must comply with eight enforceable principles of 'good information handling'.

Data must be:

  • Processed fairly and lawfully
  • Processed for limited purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate and up to date
  • Not kept longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the data subject's rights
  • Secure
  • Not transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) without adequate protection


The Force Data Protection Officer is responsible for ensuring that North Wales Police meets its obligations in complying with these principles and ensuring that force policy and procedure caters for the effective management of information held by North Wales Police about living individuals.


For more information on how we use personal data, you may view our Fair Processing Notice (pdf document) here or contact us regarding any other enquiries regarding the use of data.

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Information Standards & Compliance
North Wales Police
Abergele Road
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8AW
01492 805125
Data Protection Enquiries