December 11, 2003

11 December 2003

The UK’s Data Protection Act of 1998

On 23 September 1980, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) adopted a set of guidelines concerning data protection and transborder dataflows. Following on from those guidelines, the EU enacted the Convention for the Protection of Individuals With Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (the “Convention”) in 1981. The UK, in response to the OECD guidelines and the Convention, introduced The Data Protection Act 1984 (the “1984 Act”) which concentrated mainly on Personal Data which were stored and processed ‘automatically’ (i.e. computerised Personal Data). (more…)

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