What is the difference between a Subject Access Request, a Police Certificate and a Basic Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Disclosures are different to “Police Checks”, which are documents issued by the Police at the request of an individual asking for a copy of any data stored on the Police National Computer about them. This information is provided under the Data Protection Act and is therefore only for the personal use of the subject and nobody else has the legal right to ask to see it. Police Checks are also known as “Subject Access” reports. For individuals looking to obtain a Police Certificate, for the purposes of a Visa application to certain countries, please visit the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) website.

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