Data Protection: rights for data subjects

This guidance will provide information on how to exercise your rights.



The new Data Protection legislation gives you, the data subject, new and strengthened rights. These give you more control over the way Ministry of Defence (MOD) collates and processes your personal data.

Data Protection Requests – Coronavirus update

The Ministry of Defence takes its obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation very seriously.

Although the government have recently lifted some of the lockdown restrictions, we regret to advise that MOD will continue to take longer than usual to respond to data protection requests. This is because access to sites remains limited and MOD staff and resource are still supporting the UK Government’s response plan to COVID-19. We would be grateful for your understanding at this time.

Nonetheless, please be assured that all queries and requests will be addressed as soon as possible. Where we can retrieve information and send it to you electronically, we will endeavour to do so. In some instances, the information you have requested will be held in paper or microfiche formats only. If this is the case, we may not be able to process your application until we are able to access those records again.

Submitting requests during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you can submit your requests by email, we strongly encourage you to do so. While your statutory rights remain unchanged, MOD may not be able to address requests submitted via the postal service until normal service resumes.

If you will like more information, you may wish to read the ICO’s webpage: data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know.

Obtain information about yourself held by MOD

Published 24 May 2018
Last updated 22 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated the coronavirus guidance.

  2. Addition of Coronavirus update.

  3. First published.