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Rights Relating to Automated Decision Making

Automated individual decision making and profiling is a decision made by automated means without any human involvement.

The new data protection law will restrict organisations from making solely automated decisions, including those based on profiling, that have a legal or similarly significant effect on individuals.

A legal effect is something that adversely affects someone’s legal rights. Similarly significant effects are more difficult to define but would include, for example, automatic refusal of an online credit application, and e-recruiting practices without human intervention.

North Yorkshire Police do not currently use solely automated decision making for law enforcement purposes, however if these were to be introduced we will ensure you are able to:

  • Obtain human intervention;
  • Express their point of view; and
  • Obtain an explanation of the decision and challenge it.You can make a request verbally or in writing and will be free of charge.

If we do make a “qualifying significant decision” using automated decision making you will be advised and given 21 days to request a review of the decision, or take a new decision not based solely on automated means. We will respond within 21 days of receipt of your request to explain the steps we have taken and the outcome. We will also inform you of your right to complain to the Information Commissioner.

You can make a request verbally or in writing and will be free of charge.