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Managing Research and Information: Data Protection Act

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  • Submitted: 28/01/2005
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GCSE Legislation & The Legal Framework

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Managing

Research

and

Information

First Name: Hanjuan (Vicky)

Surname: Deng

Title: Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act (DPA) exists to ensure that information relating to people that is stored in computer databases (e.g. PMR systems) or written records (e.g. physical or mental health or condition )is confidential.

The 8 Data Protection principles

Anyone processing personal data must comply with the eight enforceable principles of good practice. These state that data must be:

I. Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully, unless it shall not be processed. For example, the company has got the right to take their details about their date of birth or their credit card number if customers want to book holiday in an agency. It is fairly to exchange the data. Furthermore, their privacy details are protected by the law. Also the company must keep them securely.

2. Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with those purposes.

3. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for

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Reviewed by: danielbeal

Rating: 3 star(s)

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In summary, the report lists the eight different principles of the Data Protection Act, which is quite good. However the report doesn't contain the background to why the Act was enforced. The student has described the eight different principles of the Data Protection Act. This shows the examiner that the're the student understands the eight different aspects of the law.The report doesn't contains any paragraph to explain why the Data Protection Law was enforced. The report will need to contain this information, to achieve high marks. Furthermore, the report doesn't mention the implications of websites not abiding by the eight principles, and how this effects a number of users.

Level of analysis

The report has listed the eight principles of the Data Protection Act, and this is quite good. The report has gone further by describing how each one of these is used amongst a number of websites. In addition, the report provides examples which links the background understanding to real situations, which shows an in-depth knowledge of the subject concerned.

Quality of writing

The report explains what 'DPA' (Data Protection Act) means, and explains this term using a detailed description. This is quite good, as this shows in-depth understanding of the term mentioned. However further down the report, the report doesn't state what an 'PMR' is, and all technical terms will need to be explained to ensure that the examiner understands what the student is talking about.

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