Access to information
Mid Devon District Council holds considerable amounts of information. If you wish to access the information held by us, please contact Customer Services. If you have a more detailed or complex request you may need to make an application for information using one of the following:
Personal information and data protection
The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) determines the way in which the Council obtains, holds, uses, releases and disposes of personal information. Under the DPA you are entitled to request copies of your personal information that is held by us. For more information please see Personal information.
Freedom of information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides a right of access to information held by Public Authorities. Under the FOIA you are entitled to request disclosure of any information that is held by us. However, some of the information held may be exempt. The FOIA also places an obligation to pro-actively publish certain information through the Council's Publication Scheme. For more information please see Freedom of information.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) create a framework under which members of the public can gain access to environmental information. Under the EIR you are entitled to request access to environmental information. The Council is also obliged to pro-actively publish information that relates to the environment under the EIR. For more information please see Environmental information.
Mid Devon District Council provides a disclosure log of requests received and copies of the responses. These are published monthly within the first 5 working days (from August 2016), under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please see FOI and EIR disclosure logs
Open data sets
As part of the Council’s responsibilities under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, the Council will start to provide number of datasets of information covering all service units in a re-usable format. The Council is currently looking at the information it holds and produces with a view to publishing for the benefit of its customers. As well as showing accountability to the public, it is hoped that developers will be encouraged to re-use the data in new products and applications to create business opportunities and drive economic growth. For more information please see Open data