The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) imposes obligations on organisations that control or process personal data (relating to living individuals who can be identified from that data).
The DPA applies to:-
- Commercial transactions
- Direct marketing
- The Internet
- New technologies
- Data sharing and data security
- CCTV and other surveillance techniques
The Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing the regime. Individuals can also assert their rights through the courts. Breaches of certain DPA rules can give rise to criminal offences.
The experienced team at Blaser Mills can advise you in relation to your data protection rights and obligations, including:-
- Reviewing commercial contracts, with particular emphasis on data-protection provisions
- Drafting privacy policies and website-use policies in clear, understandable terms
- Using data for the purposes of on-line marketing
- Advising how to enforce your data protection rights
- Dealing with the Information Commissioner
- Defending civil or criminal proceedings