Hrm 552 Case Study

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Amy Nyert-Jagne HRM 552 April 1, 2013 Adam Carr The Data Protection Act 1998 Case Summary Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) was signed into law by United Kingdom legislation. Though DPA was enacted in March 2001, enforcement was not enacted until October 2001. DPA applies to anyone who processes, stores, or is subject to personal data (Anonymous, 2003). The intent of the act was to provide eight principles regarding private data from mistaken or wrongful use as well as access of personal information that was without the consent of the individual. The eight principles of personal data are as followed: 1. Obtain and process data fairly and lawfully, 2. Be used for lawful purposes only, 3. Be discussed only for lawful purpose, 4. Be relevant to the purpose for which it was processed, 5. Data needs to be accurate and up-to-date, 6. Be kept only for the timeframe needed, 7. Be accessible to the individual the information is regarding, and 8. Be properly secure. Court’s Ruling The DPA requires that organizations, both public and private, are to comply with principles that protect any personal information held and to notify the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that they are processing personal information. DPA further gives rights to the individual in regards to his or her personal data held by data controller. These rights include: * An individual is entitled to copy of all personal data held regarding him or her; * The data controller is to make sure that there is no decision based upon an automated

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