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The DPA - The data Protection Act - What Are My Rights And How Does It Affect Me?

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The DPA - What Are My Rights And How Does It Affect Me? The Data Protection Act (DPA) works in two ways. One of them gives you certain rights. The other states those who use information must abide by the eight principals of good information handling. Many people and companies, known as data users, have information about us, the data subjects. This information can be anything from your payroll to your police record. The uses of personal information like this can have many benefits like better healthcare or it can help to fight crime. There can also be problems with them having your personal information for example if it's out of date or entered wrongly. ...read more.


not kept for longer than necessary; 6. processed in line with your rights; 7. secure; and, 8. not transferred to countries without adequate protection By law, data users must keep to these eight principals. The DPA states that you are allowed to have access to any information held about you, this is known as the right of subject access. However, it would be impossible to create a law like this that would suit all scenarios therefore, there are some exemptions. A data subject is restricted from seeing information like: tax records, police records and exam results (prior to date of release). This is because the information is likely to affect: the way in which crime is detected or prevented, catching or prosecuting offenders and assessing or collecting taxes. ...read more.


The times that this information must be registered are ones like going to court. If you find that one of the principals have not been met and you are unable to sort out the problem yourself, you can go to the Information Commissioner to see weather or not the requirements of the DPA have been met. If it is found that the requirements of the DPA have not been met, the Information Commissioner can take enforcement action against the data controller. If charged, this will be treated as a criminal offence and the data user can be prosecuted. Overall, the aim of the DPA is to protect your personal information and stop unwanted people seeing it. Will Healey 11D 14-11-2002 ...read more.

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