Updated 24 July 2017
Words you may need to know
Information Commissioner - this is the person who has responsibility for Freedom of Information ( FOI) and Data Protection ( DP) in the islands. (Jersey and Guernsey)
Complied with - to obey something
Unsolicited - unasked for
Unauthorised disclosure - giving out information without the consent of the person concerned
Constraints - something that limits actions
Processing - a series of actions with an aim in mind
CCTV - Close Circuit television . A video recording of people / places. A way of recording what is happening with the recording being on a tape or device.
Independent - free from control
Office of the Information Commissioner
One Liberty Place
Telephone: Commissioner 716530
The Commission website includes information about:
- the work of the Commission
- online notifications and enquiry forms
- guidance notes
- ‘GDPR’ – General Data Protection Regulation
- Annual reports, Policy statements etc.
Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018
If you have problems with Data Protection or Freedom of Information you can contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. The Data Protection Commissioner is Emma Martins and the Deputy is Paul Vane.
The new law covers manual/ paper records, as well as electronically processed, personal information such as that held on computers or other devices.
Who holds data or information
Many businesses hold information about you and under the law you may have a right to see it and have any incorrect information corrected. The person in a company with responsibility for making sure that the law is complied with is called the Data Controller. The information or data usually belongs to the company.
Requesting information about yourself
Below is a sample letter that you can use when asking for information from data controllers.
The name of the Data Controller Your address
The name of the Company
Company address Date
I wish to make an application under Article 7 of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law, 2018. Please supply me with any information which you hold about me to which I am entitled.
If you require further information from me or a fee, please let me know as soon as possible.
If you do not normally handle these requests for your organisation, please pass this letter to your Data Protection Officer or other appropriate official.
Complaints under the Data Protection Law
Many of the complaints to the Commissioner's office include unsolicited mail shots, incorrect details held by credit agencies and unauthorised disclosure of criminal records.
Data Protection Appeals Tribunal
There is an independent Data Protection Appeals Tribunal.
CCTV Code of Practice
The Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 controls the processing of CCTV images of individuals. There is a Code of Practice for CCTV use at :