The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

This section of our Guide to Data Protection is only relevant for the intelligence services - MI5, SIS (commonly known as MI6) and GCHQ - or for processors acting on their behalf.

We are currently developing our guidance on the separate data protection regime that applies to these intelligence services. It will cover the provisions in part 4 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018).

It will explain each of the data protection principles, rights and obligations. It will summarise the key points, answer frequently asked questions, and include practical checklists.

This section will expand once our guidance is finalised.