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Re: census data question

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I had no idea the 1931 census data was destroyed!  This question of mine has unearthed some fascinating facts...

Charles


Professor Charles Oppenheim
Head
Department of Information Science
Loughborough University
Loughborough
Leics LE11 3TU

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-----Original Message-----
From: This list is for those interested in Data Protection issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Simon Howarth
Sent: 26 February 2009 14:01
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Subject: Re: census data question

Census data is covered by the Census Act 1920 and the Census
(Confidentiality) Act 1991. The acts effectively place very tight levels of confidentiality around the personal information they contain and census information is only published 100 years after the census took place.

Inspection of the information would likely not be granted as your information is likely to be on a page with other names, however I believe that you may be able to obtain an extract which will show your information only.

The custodians of census information is the Office of National Statistics and they have web pages which gives a lot of information about censuses
(censi?) and I am sure will have contact details that will be of use to you.

You will not be able to see information relating to anyone else and there are a number of exemptions under FOI that apply since the Access to Records Act was repealed.

You probably know this already but the 1911 census went online earlier this year and earlier years are also available - although I am by no means suggesting that you appear in the 1911 census!!!

1921 census is due for release in 2021, but the 1931 census was totally destroyed by fire in (I think) the 1940's. There was no 1941 census due to war.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Simon Howarth.

-----Original Message-----
From: This list is for those interested in Data Protection issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of [log in to unmask]
Sent: 26 February 2009 11:32
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Subject: [data-protection] census data question

I'm probably being really stupid asking this question, but is any individual entitled to inspect the data held about them in previous UK census returns using an SAR?

Charles

Professor Charles Oppenheim
Head
Department of Information Science
Loughborough University
Loughborough
Leics LE11 3TU

Tel 01509-223065
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