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I am attempting to obtain some school entry registers for 1940/45,

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I am attempting to obtain some school entry registers for 1940/45, but I am told that there is 75 year
closure period on school admission registers. Is this correct, or can a local Authority
apply its own closure period in order to comply with the terms of the Data Protection Act?
Has any government authority ever issued guidelines on this matter?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.
Alex Watts :

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Alex Watts :

The Data Protection Act only requires organisations to keep data for a reasonable period.

Alex Watts :

This is commonly accepted as being SIX years.

Alex Watts :

Therefore anything over 6 years is a matter for each local authority

Alex Watts :

So if this LA has a longer period this is a matter for them.

Alex Watts :

But I have not heard of a 75 year retention period

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

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