Your rights

8. Your right to be forgotten

You have a right to be forgotten, sometimes called 'erasure'. This right may be exercised in these circumstances.

  • if we're storing your personal information for longer than we need to or in breach of a legal obligation that requires it to be deleted
  • you decide to withdraw your consent and you ask us to delete your personal information where there is no other legal ground for keeping it
  • we have accepted an objection made by you to our processing of your personal information and you have then requested that we delete the personal information in question
  • we're processing or publishing your personal information without a legal basis for doing so

We'll carefully consider a request for erasure. We'll tell you whether or not we think keeping your personal information is unnecessary.

There are circumstances where it may not always be possible to agree to delete your information and below are some circumstances where it may be necessary for us to keep your information:

  • in the interests of freedom of expression (special journalistic purposes)
  • in order to comply with a legal obligation
  • for archiving in public interest
  • for public health functions in public interest
  • for exercising legal rights or defending legal claims

Use the button below to download the form to request we delete your information:

Ask us to delete your information (PDF 304Kb)

Please return your form along with any additional information and copies of your evidence to our Data Protection Officer (DPO) by emailing us at or by post to the address below:

Information Governance Team
Lower Ground Floor
Stopford House

If we agree to delete your personal information, we'll try to tell anyone we have shared your information with and let you know who they are if you ask us to do so.

If we refuse your request to delete your information we will explain our reasons to you and your right to complain to the Information Commissioner if you're not happy.

Data protection