Looking After Data

If you're collecting personal details for anything other than your own personal address book, then you need to make sure you've read the Data Protection Act... 

How often do you give out your personal details? Probably quite often if you consider the times you’ve given a friend your address to drop something round, or left someone your telephone number to call you back. Chances are that you’ve probably collected a fair few details along the way too!

While you can keep a personal address book without having to worry about any laws, anyone holding personal data for other purposes is legally obliged to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. Its aim is to protect people’s fundamental rights and freedoms and in particular their right to privacy with respect to the processing of personal data. The Act defines eight data protection principles and also requires companies and individuals to keep personal information to themselves. You can read more about the Data Protection Act on Wikipedia, or read this simple guide to understanding the Data Protection Act.

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