Accessing your data
If you only have 5 minutes:
- You can ask any company what data they hold on you. It’s a legal right.
- A request to find out what personal data companies hold on you is called a DSAR.
- Here at findyourdata, we can help with your DSARs. Just contact us using our chat bot, email firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Linked In.
What is… accessing your data?
You have the right to access your personal data. This is commonly referred to as a subject access and it’s about your data, hence Data Subject Access Request (DSAR). This request can be given to any company in writing, or by calling them. It should cost you nothing and they should have a process for dealing with this request. They have one month to respond.
The DSAR report that you get back doesn’t need to be in a standard format, but you should be able to read it like a magazine article. It should be “concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language” and it should also tell you important information, specifically what data the company holds on you and who they share it with.