Privacy, openness, and the Data Protection Acts
- You are about to test your software, so decide to enter a bunch of names and
addresses taken from the phone book.
- You keep names and addresses of business contacts in a computerised database.
- You keep information about people on index cards, and use that to target
your sales pitches.
So what? It's not like you've broken any laws, is it?
In these notes we shall:
- discuss the UK's Data Protection Acts, and the circumstances leading to their
- define the terms used;
- list the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998;
- discuss what rights individuals have under the Act
- identify what is covered and what is exempt;
- identify the role of the Information Commissioner;
- discuss the practical implications of this legislation.
What you read here is only a summary to introduce the concepts. You should
not rely on it to build a legal case or safeguard your legal position.
The University of Glamorgan and its employees cannot be held responsible for
any legal or other redress due to errors in the notes. Seek professional
legal advice before acting on what you read here.