Darmer v Taylor Wessing: New UK case on right to access personal information

In this UK case, the Darmers made an application under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 for access to all the data held about them by the law firm Taylor Wessing.  In dismissing the application, the English High Court emphasised that the purpose of section 7, in entitling an individual to have access to personal information, is to check the accuracy of the information and to have it corrected if incorrect.  Section 7 is not intended as an automatic tool to access all information relating to matters in which the requester may be named or involved.  Nor is the purpose of section 7 to assist the requester to obtain discovery of documents that may assist the requester in litigation or complaints against third parties.

Link: Darmer v Taylor Wessing [2015] EWHC 2366 (Ch)