The Data Protection Act 1998 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that regulates the processing of personal data. The Act regulates how data can be used and how it should be stored. The act was created to protect people's privacy, ensuring that their information stays confidential. This act also defines who has access to confidential information and what they are allowed to do with it. It is important for companies to follow this law in order to avoid breaking it and getting into legal trouble.
The Data Protection Act 1998 has been replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. To find out more about data protection law and to ensure that you are compliant, visit our post on data protection act 2018
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