Personal information charter

When handling information, including your personal data, we promise to protect it and to make sure no unauthorised person has access to it.

What is our personal information charter?

Our joint information charter sets out the standards you can expect from the HM Treasury Group (HM Treasury including the Office for Budget Responsibility, Office of Tax Simplification, the UK Debt Management Office and the Royal Mint Advisory Committee) on how we hold information, including personal data. It also explains how you can access your own information, and what you can do if you think these standards are not being met.

Information and the law

Government information is generally managed according to the Official Secrets Act, but the Data Protection Act also sets out how we should manage personal information, and all our data is processed in line with the act.

The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations govern what other information we can release as a result of a request for information.

Why we need a personal information charter

We are a policy department and work with other government departments and the financial and commercial sectors.

Within the Treasury Group there are small teams with operational roles that hold personal data about members of the public, most of which comes from correspondence from the public.

Your privacy

When handling information, including your personal data, we promise to:

  • protect it and make sure no unauthorised person has access to it
  • only share it with other government departments to give you better public services
  • make sure we don’t keep it longer than is necessary
  • correct any mistake you tell us about
  • not make any information available for commercial use
  • consider any request from you to stop processing data about you

How to make a subject access request to HM Treasury

The Data Protection Act allows you to find out what information we hold about you on computer and in some paper records. This is known as the ‘right of subject access’.

To request access to personal data we hold about you, find out more details about what information we hold on you, or how to make a complaint, you can write to:

Correspondence and enquiry unit
Information rights unit
HM Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road

You can also email, or telephone 0207 270 5000.

For independent advice about data protection, privacy and data-sharing issues, you can contact:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Alternatively you can phone 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 or fax 01625 52 45 10.