Data Protection Act

Most businesses have to register as users of personal data. There are exemptions: mainly those who use data for crime prevention, national security, tax collection, or mental health reasons.

The Act has 8 principles, or rules. Data must be:
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  1. processed fairly and lawfully
  2. used for the lawful purpose it was collected for
  3. adequate and relevant to purpose collected for
  4. kept accurate and up-to-date
  5. kept no longer than necessary
  6. processed within the rights of the data subjects
  7. kept secure
  8. kept only within the EEC

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