Data Protection in the UK

by Peter Carey

Publisher: Blackstone Press
Publication Date: Friday, September 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 1841741272

Book Summary:
The Data Protection Act 1998 came fully into force on 1 March 2000 and its effects are far-reaching. Every organisation that holds personal data, from banks to local authorities, must comply - even the personnel records held by employers come within the Act's provisions. The penalties for failing to comply are stiff and repeat offenders face hefty fines. This invaluable handbook offers practical solutions to real problems, with specific chapters dedicated to the Internet, telecommunication, CCTV and the obligations of employers. Data Protection in the UK fully describes the operation of the 1998 Act, all relevant subordinate legislation as well as the telecom regulations. It clearly describes the dramatic and potentially costly changes to the law, including: the new definition of 'processing' - meaning many more data operations will be caught the expansion of the definition of 'data' to include manual records, a new category of sensitive personnel data requiring, in most cases, an individual's consent as a necessary prerequisite to processing updated and amended Data Protection Principles and a banning of the transfer of personal data to non-EEA countries, save in exceptional circumstances, the need for, and the necessary contents of, contracts between data controllers and data processors, the replacement of 'registration' with 'notification' and all the relevant guidelines



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