Personal information charter

This information charter sets out the standards you can expect from the Cabinet Office when we collect, hold or use your personal information.

We will ensure that we will treat all personal information in accordance with data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.

When the Cabinet Office or its agencies collects, holds, uses or processes in any way your personal data, you are entitled to be told:

  • the purpose for which the data is being used, and our lawful basis for processing it
  • how long we will keep your data, who we will share it with
  • whether it will be transferred or accessed outside the UK or EU, and what legal safeguards are in place to protect it
  • about any rights you may have, including the right to access your information, or to object to its being used
  • about your right to complain to the Information Commissioner if you feel that your personal information has been mishandled
  • about the identity of our Data Protection Officer (an independent advisor on data protection matters)

You are also entitled to have your personal information:

  • protected and kept secure
  • kept accurate and up to date
  • not used for purposes which are incompatible with those for which it was collected
  • kept only for as long as it is needed for the purpose for which it was collected (unless it must be kept as part of the historic record)

More information

You can get more information about what we use personal information for below under privacy notices.

How to access your personal information

If you would like a copy of any personal information that we hold about you, please contact and provide as much information as possible about what information you think we hold.

Data Protection Officer

If you have any concerns about how the department is handling your personal data, you may contact the department’s Data Protection Officer (DPO).

The DPO provides independent advice and monitoring of Cabinet Office’s use of personal information. They can be contacted at the following email address:

Using special category and criminal conviction personal data

The Appropriate Policy Document sets out how the Cabinet Office will protect special category and criminal convictions personal data.

Privacy notices

The privacy notices listed below explain in more detail how we will handle your data in specific circumstances. Some privacy notices have been listed under more than one heading, where appropriate.

Analysis Directorate

Borders and Protocol Delivery Group

Cabinet Office Corporate

Cabinet Office Human Resources

Civil Service Group

Civil Service Languages Network

Government People Group

Constitution Group


Covid Taskforce

Digital and Technology Team

Disability Unit

Economic and Domestic Secretariat

Equality Hub

Fraud, Error, Debt and Grants

Geospatial Commission

Government Commercial Function

Government Communication Service

Government Equalities Office

Government Digital Service

Government in Parliament Group

Government Security Group

Historic records and inquiries

Privacy notice for Cabinet Office historic records and inquiries

Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Joint Intelligence Organisation

National Security Secretariat


Office of Government Property

Office for Veterans’ Affairs

Prime Minister’s Office

Private Office Group

Security and Estates

Privacy notices: Arms Length Bodies

Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

Crown Commercial Service

Government Property Agency

Security Vetting Appeals Panel