Gone fishing: The use of data protection subject access requests by claimants

We are seeing potential claimants, using subject access requests increasingly to try to obtain information about a claim prior to proceedings being raised, without using the formal court procedures. This article looks at the implications for potential defendants.

Topics covered:
• Subject access requests: Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
• Refusing a SAR.
• The purpose of a subject access request; is a fishing request an abuse of process?