And finally...

Why was the first Data Protection Act introduced in the UK?

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To combat concerns over uncontrolled use of personal data


Why was the Data Protection Act updated in 1998?

Many reasons, but most significantly...

To extend coverage to paper-based data

To close the loophole over data not retrieved automatically


So, which of these do you now think break the law?

You are about to test your software, so decide to enter a bunch of names and addresses taken from the phone book. Illegal if not registered
You keep names and addresses of business contacts in a computerised database. Illegal if not registered
You keep information about people on index cards, and use that to target your sales pitches. Illegal if not registered


Computer Aided Assessment Centre (2000) "Implications of the Data Protection
Act for CBA", Testing Times.
visited 11 February 2005

Classe, A (1999) "Protection racket", Computer Weekly, 10 June 1999

Edge Hill (1999) Data Protection Act Guidelines,

HMSO (1998) The Data Protection Act 1998 visited 11 February 2005

Laudon, K C & Laudon, J P (1998) Management Information Systems, Prentice Hall, NJ

McLuhan, R (1999) "Are you protected?", Computer Weekly, 22 April 1999

Phillips, T (1999) "A question of privacy", Computing, 8 July 1999

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