The Data Protection Act is a very important piece of legislation to protect anyone who has to give their personal details to an organisation.
Organisations have always kept information about people but with the widespread use of computers, it became so much easier for them to copy, change and distribute the information in ways that the owner would not consider acceptable.
The 1998 Data Protection Act was passed by Parliament to control the way information is handled and to give legal rights to people who have information stored about them.
In summary The Act was brought in to prevent the misuse of personal data
Use the links on this page to help you find out more about the Act and its implications.