House of Commons Data Protection information

Information for all

Personal information provided to the House of Commons is processed under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).  The Clerk of the House is the data controller for the House of Commons.

Details of how we process your information are available in our Data Protection Policy  

If you would like to request your own personal data which you think is held by a Member, please contact that Member directly.  Contact details are available on our parliamentary pages.

If you would like to request your own personal data which you think is held by the House of Commons Administration, please contact the Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service.

 

Information for Members and their staff

Members of Parliament are also subject to the DPA.  Individual Members of Parliament (MPs) are data controllers in their own right and the House is not responsible for personal data processed by MPs.

An e-learning module titled “Data Protection for Members and their Staff” is available on the ACT learning platform.

The House has produced guidance for Members and their staff:

There is also specific information related to constituency casework:

Members can get further guidance and advice from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  This is available at the ICO website or by calling 0303 123 1113. 

 

Information for House staff

An e-learning module titled “Data Protection for House Staff” is available on the ACT learning platform.

The IRIS Service can provide specific or tailored advice, guidance and training for House staff to ensure the House fully complies with the DPA.  Please call the IRIS Service on extension 2559 to discuss.

 

How to find out more

The IRIS Service is responsible for the House of Common’s compliance with the information acts (Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000, etc.) by ensuring requests are handled in line with our obligations and information is made publicly available where appropriate.
You can contact IRIS by email or by calling 020 7219 2559.

Please note that the House of Lords is a separate organisation for the purposes of the DPA.  Further information about data protection in the House of Lords can be found on the parliamentary webpages.