The Data Protection Act Of The United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland

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When a company is either extracting the information they have obtained or using it to optimise their performance there are several legal acts they need ensure they are not breaching by doing so. These are the Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of the Information Act 2000 and the Computer Misuse act 1990.

Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK.

The Data Protection Act on the site states that ‘The Data Protection Act controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. Everyone responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’.’ They must make sure the information is:
- Obtained fairly and lawfully
- Used only for the purpose stated during collection
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the intended use
- Accurate and up to date
- Not kept for longer than necessary
- Processed in line with individual rights
- Subject to procedures to prevent unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage to personal data.
- Protected from transfer to an outside country that is not within…
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