Criminal Records Information

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 make specific provision for processing of personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences. This processing – including the sharing of such information - shall be carried out only where specifically authorised by law or under the control of official authority.

In some specific instances criminal conviction information may be provided in a public arena - this is most likely to be in open court at a sentencing hearing. Anyone attending this hearing will therefore have access to this information. However, thereafter, no organisation should provide the information to a third party without lawful authority as to do so may mean they are in breach of the Data Protection Act.