Regulator has fielded hundreds of subject access requests in recent years

More than 200 subject access requests were made to the Charity Commission over a five-year period, figures show.

According to the Information Commissioner's Office, people have the right to ask an organisation whether or not it is using or storing their personal information.

Copies of this personal information can be asked for verbally or in writing.

A request made by Third Sector using Freedom of Information legislation showed that the commission responded to 230 requests in total between between 2016 and 2020.

Requests jumped from 35 in 2018 to 60 the following year before dropping slightly to 55 in 2020.

The commission said this increase might be because ​​a £10 administration fee for SAR requests was removed in 2018.

The commission was also asked how many SAR requests were rejected over the same period, but in its response it said it was unable to “dismiss any requests as they are handled in line with GDPR/DPA legislation and ICO guidance”.

For more information on right of access visit the ICO website.

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