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What is Data Protection


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Released 4 September 2008

Data Protection principals and legislation exists to ensure that personal information about a person is not communicated or processed without the consent and knowledge of the person to whom that information relates

In a world that has seen information technology take control and precedence over nearly all sectors of industry it is important (and indeed the 1998 Data Protection Act was crucial) in trying to regulate use of information and protect the data subject

In attempting to do just this the Act imposed 8 data protection principles. They are as follows:

1) Personal data should be processed fairly and lawfully; 2) data shall only be obtained for one or more specified and lawful purpose; 3) data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive; 4) data shall be accurate; 5) data shall not be kept longer than necessary; 6) data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of the data subject; 7) appropriate measures shall be taken to ensure that data remains private; 8) data shall not be transferred outside European Economic Area

It is important than any business or data handler is aware of the above and implements the same.

Jody Tsigarides is a trainee solicitor who specialises in trade mark law, brand protection and intellectual property law.

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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-09-15 21:00:33 in Legal Articles

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