Data Protection Act

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  • Created on: 17-05-13 09:30
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  • Data Protection Act
    • Data can only be obtained and used for specified purposes
    • Data must not be processed unless there is a specific lawful reason
    • Data should be adequate, relevant and not excessive for the specified use
    • Data must be accurate and kept up to date
    • Data should not be kept longer than is necassary
    • Data processing should meet the legal rights of the data subjects by keeping some information confidential
    • Data holders must protect the data against loss, theft or corruption
    • Data should not be transferred abroad, except for certain other european countries
    • The right to view data held about them
    • The right to prevent the processing of data that might cause distress or damage to themselves
    • The right to compensaiton if damage or distress has been caused
    • The right to have inaccurate data changed or deleted
    • The right to prevent data being used to send junk mail
    • There are some exceptions to the law
      • Data that is used for national security purposes is not to subject to the principles of the Data Protection Act
        • Personal data that is used to help prevent or solve crime, prosecute criminals or for tax assesment purposes is also exempt from some of the data protection principles.
    • The Data Protection Act means businesses have to protect your data


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