The Data Protection Act 1998
LO4 :: Understand the Factors to be Considered when Collecting and Processing Data and Storing Data & Information
The Data Protection Act aims to protect the rights of the owner of data. It does not protect the data itself.
The act sets out rules on how the data should be stored and processed.
If the owners of the data think their data is being misused then the Data Protection Act can be used to complain and claim compensation.
The Data Protection Act tries to protect individuals by giving them rights to access any data about themselves stored by others.
The Data Protection Act gives everyone the right to know what data is stored about them on a business computer system and the right to see it. If someone feels that they are not being allowed to see the data, they can contact the government who will investigate and take action if needed.
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