What is the Data Protection Act 1998 about?

The Data Protection Act is based on eight legally enforceable principles that organisations and individuals must apply when they process your personal data. The principles underlying it are designed to keep your personal information confidential, accurate and secure.

There are extra rules for processing sensitive data such as data about your ethnic origin, religious beliefs, trade union membership, party political opinions, sexuality, health, involvement in court proceedings, etc.

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Page last updated: 21 April 2015