In the course of our work it is necessary for Optuitions to record information on individuals in order to be able to provide ongoing services including eye care and educational support. At all times we endeavour to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and as part of this Act, Optuitions retains registration as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner. In processing personal data we intend to comply with the eight enforceable principles of good practice of the Data Protection Act 1998. According to these principles, all data that Optuitions records will be:
- fairly and lawfully processed;
- processed for limited purposes;
- adequate, relevant and not excessive;
- not kept longer than necessary;
- processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights;
- not transferred to countries without adequate protection.
Personal data covers both facts and opinions about you as an individual. It also includes information regarding our intentions towards you as an individual. As a service user (client), you have Right of Access under the Data Protection Act which means that you as an individual can see the information that is held about you on our systems (e.g. computer database). You can see this information either by requesting a paper copy of your records (in which case Optuitions® reserves the right to charge a fee of £10.00 to cover the costs of reproducing and providing your records) or through reading the information within the practice. If you request to see your information, Optuitions will provide you with the following within 40 days:
- A copy of the information we hold about you
- A description of why this information is processed
- Anyone else to whom your information might be seen by or passed to; and
- The logic involved in any automated decisions.
In the event that a charge is made to reproduce and provide your records, the 40 day time period will commence from the date that the payment is received.
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