Overview of a Data Access Request Form

What is a Data Access Request Form?

A Data Access Request Form is a legal document that allows access to personal information stored by your company.

A Data Access Request Form allows personnel responsible for data privacy to record a request made under GDPR and other privacy laws to access their personal data held by your company or have their personal data rectified.

How do I request the right to data access?

The GDPR has not set any process to request access. But you can generally follow these bits of advice.

Written Request
You can send a written request via email or letter. While sending an email or letter, you should mention it is an access request so that both the data collector and you will have a record in case any problem arises later. The DPC provides the template for access requests that you can follow accordingly.

Specific
You should be as specific as possible in relation to the personal data that you wish to access. In this process, you might be asked to provide your additional identification for evidence, so that your personal information is not provided to the wrong person.

Contact Data Protector Officer (DPO)
Many large companies have a Data Protector Officer (DPO). You should find the relevant officer who can help you with your request for information. You will get the contact details in the contact us or privacy policy section of the organization’s website. If there are no individual email addresses for a data access request, you will have to use the general contact details of the organization.

Do you have to pay for a Data Access Request?

You should not be required to pay a fee for making an access request. However, in very limited circumstances where the access request is considered ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive,’ the controller can charge a reasonable fee for the administrative costs of providing the information requested. Controllers can also charge a fee based on administrative costs if you ask for additional copies of the information.

How soon is data access provided when requested?

The organization you’re dealing with must respond as soon as possible. This must be at least within 1 month of the request starting from the day they receive your request. But if the organization needs some information about you such as ID documents, the request time will start the day they’ve received the documents.

If the request is complex or you make more than one the response time may extend for 2 months. However, the reason for the extension is provided with an explanation within the initial one-month period.

Usually, the controller should respond to your access request in the same way the request was made, or in the way in which you specifically asked. Such as if you make the request electronically (email) the data controller should provide the information electronically unless you request otherwise.

Conclusion

A Data Access Request Form allows you to get access to your information from the controller. And while your request for data access the information must be relevant and authentic. Besides, you’ll not be charged unless the request is considered ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive.

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