Data Protection Act

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  • Data Protection Act
    • Kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
      • Review the length of time you keep personal data
      • Update, archive or securely delete information if it goes out of date
      • Consider the purpose or purposes you hold the information for in deciding whether (and for how long) to retain it
      • Ensuring personal data is disposed of when no longer needed will reduce the risk that it will become inaccurate, out of date or irrelevant.
    • Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under this Act
      • A right of access to a copy of the information comprised in their personal data
      • A right to claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Act
      • A right in certain circumstances to have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed
      • The Data Protection Act gives rights to individuals in respect of the personal data that organisations hold about them.
    • Used fairly and lawfully
    • Accurate and kept up to date
      • The Data Protection Act imposes obligations on you to ensure the accuracy of the personal data you process. It must also be kept up to date where necessary
      • Ensure that the source of any personal data is clear
      • Take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of any personal data you obtain
      • Consider whether it is necessary to update the information
    • This is a piece of U.K. legislation that has been passed to protect your rights as an individual to have your personal data collected, stored and used in a suitable manner.
    • Exemptions
      • Matter of national security
      • Held for domestic purposes
      • A school pupil has no right of access to personal files, or to exam results before publication.


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