Companies House Information Charter
This Information Charter sets out the standards you can expect from Companies House when we request or hold information, including but not limited to personal data about you or your enquiries. The charter covers both personal data and other information the Registrar of Companies holds in connection with his obligations under the Companies Act and related legislation. This charter will be reviewed annually and updated to take into account any changes in legislation or our policies.
The main functions of Companies House are to:
Companies House also carries out delegated functions for the Secretary of State, for example, enforcing the delivery of annual accounts and annual returns; directing companies to change their names that are similar to those currently on the public record, etc.
In the course of maintaining and administering the public register we will hold personal information about individuals that will fall into the categories of public and non-public data. Information is held on a variety of databases, information stores and systems.
Companies House will manage, maintain and protect all information according to relevant legislation such as the Companies Act and the Data Protection Act 1998. We have security measures in place to maintain and safeguard the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our systems and data.
In accordance with the Companies Act and related legislation, we will:
As the Companies Act requires us to keep the public register, we have no control over the actions of anyone who obtains or uses data from it. This includes people using internet search engines.
Non Public data
When we request personal information, we will:
In return, we ask you to:
Please contact the Information Rights Team for further information on:
We are committed to providing our customers with high quality and efficient services. If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your information and wish to make a complaint please contact our Customer Services.
For independent advice about data protection, privacy and data-sharing issues, you can contact the Information Commissioner at:
Issued: March 2013