California knows how to party. The Californian Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, is a new regulation similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is giving California citizens greater power and control over their personal data.
Established in 2000 the UK’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives members of the public (you and I) the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations. Think councils, government departments and even regulators like the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) or the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office).
Is an organisation not responding to your subject access request? Are they being difficult with a data request? You are entitled under GDPR to receive an answer without undue delay and at the latest within a month.
Know your rights. It’s your right to be able to transfer your data to another organisation, this is called the right to data portability. You also have the right to get your personal data back in an accessible and readable format.