The Maritime and Coastguard Agency holds personal data relating to seafarers, ship owners and agents and members of the public who have voluntarily registered their vessels.
We know how important it is to protect your privacy and to comply with the Data Protection Act. If we ask for your personal information we will:
In return, to help us keep your information reliable and up to date, we ask you to:
How to find out what personal information we hold about you
You can find out if we hold any personal information about you by making a subject access request under the Data Protection Act (DPA). If we do hold information about you we will:
To help us give you the information you want, we need you to tell us which part of our Agency you have been dealing with and why you believe we hold that information. The DPA allows us to charge £10 for responding to a subject access request. For details of how to make a request go to making a request.
When we share information
We are committed to providing the best and most efficient service to our customers. We may share personal information within our organisation or with other bodies where it would not be inconsistent with the purposes for which we collected it, and/or where we are required or permitted to do so by law.
There are some cases where we can pass on your information without telling you, for example to prevent and detect crime or to produce anonymised statistics. In all cases - whether data is shared internally or externally – the MCA will act in accordance with the DPA and other relevant legislation.
Our policy on data sharing is that all information passed to, received from or shared with other organizations shall be subject to an agreement with respect to: ownership, DPA responsibilities, FoIA responsibilities, maintenance of currency, period of validity, and destruction.
find out more about who we share information with, go to shared data.
The training and guidance we give to our staff