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Term of the Month: The Data Protection Act 1998

Posted by Davenport Solicitors Team on July 26, 2016 in Employment Law

Employee data must be processed in accordance with Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), but what is the DPA?

The DPA sets out when personal data can lawfully be processed and how it should be processed. It governs processing by data controllers of personal data relating to data subjects.

What does it mean by processing?

This includes obtaining, recording or holding the data or carrying out any operation or set of operations on the data including organising, amending, retrieving, using, disclosing, erasing or destroying data.

What does it mean by data controllers?

A Data controller is likely to be the person (including a company) who determines the purposes for which, and the manner for which, any personal data are processed.

What does it mean by personal data?

Personal data is data that relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.

Personal data might be found in emails, computer databases, manual filing systems, telephone records, CCTV records, internet logs, payroll systems and records of automated door entry systems.

What does is mean by data subjects?

Data subject is a living individual about whom a data controller holds personal data. A data subject does not need to be a UK national or resident provided that the data controller is subject to the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

To learn more – or if you have any questions about the Data Protection Act – please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email at contact@davenportsolicitors.com or by phone on 020 7903 6888.

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