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The Data Protection Act.

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  • Submitted: 23/10/2003
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GCSE Legislation & The Legal Framework

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The Data Protection Act

The Data Protection act is an act that came into force on 1 March 2000. It gives effect in UK law to the 1995 EC Data Protection Directive. The Act strengthens and extends the data protection regime created by the Data Protection Act 1984, which it replaces.

The 1998 Act applies to:

* Computerised personal data (like the 1984 Act);

* Personal data held in structured manual files (new).

It applies to anything at all done to personal data ("processing"), including collection, use, disclosure, and destruction and merely holding data.

It was created to protect everyone's civil rights and the information that is kept on them by organisations.

Principles of Data Protection

The rules

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

* Fairly and lawfully processed;

* Processed for limited purposes;

* Adequate, relevant and not excessive;

* Accurate;

* Not kept longer than necessary;

* Processed in accordance with the data subject's rights;

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Response to the question

In summary, the report explains how the internet is subject to the Data Protection Act. However the student clearly doesn't understand the eight principles of the regulation, and this is shown though-out the report. The first opening sentence is in-correct. The report states 'The Data Protection act is an act that came into force on 1 March 2000.' However further down the report this states it came into force in 1998. The correct date, is 1998, and this is the date when the regulation became law. This will need to be corrected, in order to achieve even a 'Pass', as this shows low level understanding, as this is false. The report states 'Personal data covers both facts and opinion', although data is usually only facts as the data needs to be accurate. (This is even within one of the eight principles of the law). This shows a weak understanding of the subject, and shows the examiner that the student doesn't fully understand the eight principles. The report described how the act compares to other laws within the UK, and this shows quite a good understanding of how this impacts on people within the UK.

Level of analysis

The report states the eight different principles, however this doesn't explain how it's necessary to have each point and what type of websites these points are applied to. For example the report could include something on the lines of 'The data must be stored on secure servers, in order to protect data which if accessed and used incorrectly, this could damage the day-to-day living of consumer's.'. The above example could be used to explain the principle 'Secure'. This will show the examiner that the student has not only acknowledged the eight principles, but have gone further and explained how each one applies to websites and the implications of not enforcing these principles.

Quality of writing

The writing in some areas is quite informal and this will need to be addressed. As there's some sections which are formal and professional and some areas aren't The report will need to have a consistent writing style throughout.

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