On 1st April 2003, the new Data Protection Act came into force in the Island to strengthen every individuals existing rights and create some new ones. With the further protection for data subjects, this is likely to cause more work for the “data controllers” – every company firm or public authority on the Island in charge of “personal data” (which is recorded information concerning an identifiable living individual, including any opinions recorded about that individual). In practice, the Act is likely to affect nearly everyone – that is: employers, employees, anyone who pays rates, operates a bank account or obtains a refund from high street chain store.
Your right to obtain information concerning the data held about you, for no more than £10 from the data controller, remains. This is subject to certain exemptions and exceptions; such as any duty of confidentiality owed to another individual. This means you continue to have a right to know what personal data they keep about you (including their opinions of you, if recorded!), the purposes for which the data are being processed and also the classes of recipients to whom the data may be disclosed.
The relevant data controller should have informed you of most of this information at the outset if its obligation to process your data fairly has been discharged. (This information may be contained in a contract, or terms of business, you have with them.)
Read the full article here: Data Protection Act 2002