The Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 covers private and public sector organisations in the UK.
This legislation gives an individual the right to find out what information is held about him or her electronically and in structured records. From the 1st January 2005, the Freedom of Information Act amends the Data Protection Act 1998 so that any information, including unstructured records, held by them about an individual can be accessed by that individual.
If any of the information held about an individual is incorrect, the individual has the right to correct this (and have the inaccurate information removed / destroyed). There are some exemptions to the right of subject access.
The Data Protection Act 1998 also regulates the use of computerised information and other records in relation to living individuals, and regulates disclosure.
The Information Commissioner administers and enforces the Data Protection Act 1998.
We are here to help you and your organisation with any issues in relation to DPA and Confidentiality.
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