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The Journalists' Guide to making Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 1988

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This handbook is the third in the series on access to information instruments, and follows on from the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) that were completed by Request Initiative for CIJ in previous years.

The right to access your personal information, enshrined in the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998, is a powerful tool in investigative journalism. Through a Subject Access Request (SAR), journalists can encourage their sources to access their personal information held by public authorities and private companies. This is especially helpful when verifying the claims of whistleblowers and exposing miscarriages of justice.
 
The Request Initiative and Centre for Investigative Journalism DPA handb