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Data Protection Act 1984 (repealed 1.3.2000)

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Preliminary

    1. 1. Definition of “data” and related expressions.

    2. 2. The data protection principles.

    3. 3. The Registrar and the Tribunal.

  3. Part II Registration and Supervision of Data Users and Computer Bureaux

    1. Registration

      1. 4. Registration of data users and computer bureaux.

      2. 5. Prohibition of unregistered holding etc. of personal data.

      3. 6. Applications for registration and for amendments of registered particulars.

      4. 7. Acceptance and refusal of applications.

      5. 8. Duration and renewal of registration.

      6. 9. Inspection etc. of registered particulars.

    2. Supervision

      1. 10. Enforcement notices.

      2. 11. De-registration notices.

      3. 12. Transfer prohibition notices.

    3. Appeals

      1. 13. Rights of appeal.

      2. 14. Determination of appeals.

    4. Miscellaneous and supplementary

      1. 15. Unauthorised disclosure by computer bureau.

      2. 16. Powers of entry and inspection.

      3. 17. Disclosure of information.

      4. 18. Service of notices.

      5. 19. Prosecutions and penalities.

      6. 20. Liability of directors etc.

  4. Part III Rights of Data Subjects

    1. 21. Rights of access to personal data.

    2. 22. Compensation for inaccuracy.

    3. 23. Compensation for loss or unauthorised disclosure.

    4. 24. Rectification and erasure.

    5. 25. Jurisdiction and procedure.

  5. Part IV Exemptions

    1. 26. Preliminary.

    2. 27. National security.

    3. 28. Crime and taxation.

    4. 29. Health and social work.

    5. 30. Regulation of financial services etc.

    6. 31. Judicial appointments and legal professional privilege.

    7. 32. Payrolls and accounts.

    8. 33. Domestic or other limited purposes.

    9. 34. Other exemptions.

    10. 35. Examination marks.

    11. 35A.Personal data consisting of information showing that an identifiable individual...

  6. Part V General

    1. 36. General duties of Registrar.

    2. 37. Co-operation between parties to convention.

    3. 38. Application to government departments and police.

    4. 39. Data held and services provided, outside the United Kingdom.

    5. 40. Regulations, rules and orders.

    6. 41. General interpretation.

    7. 42. Commencement and transitional provisions.

    8. 43. Short title and extent.

  7. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      THE DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES

      1. Part I The Principles

        1. Personal data held by data users

          1. 1.The information to be contained in personal data shall be...

          2. 2.Personal data shall be held only for one or more...

          3. 3.Personal data held for any purpose or purposes shall not...

          4. 4.Personal data held for any purpose or purposes shall be...

          5. 5.Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up...

          6. 6.Personal data held for any purpose or purposes shall not...

          7. 7.An individual shall be entitled— (a) at reasonable intervals and...

        2. Personal data held by data users or in respect of which services are provided by persons carrying on computer bureaux

          1. 8.Appropriate security measures shall be taken against unauthorised access to,...

      2. Part II Interpretation

        1. The first principle

          1. 1.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, in determining whether information...

        2. The second principle

          1. 2.Personal data shall not be treated as held for a...

        3. The third principle

          1. 3.Personal data shall not be treated as used or disclosed...

        4. The fifth principle

          1. 4.Any question whether or not personal data are accurate shall...

        5. The seventh principle

          1. 5.(1) Paragraph (a) of this principle shall not be construed...

        6. The eighth principle

          1. 6.Regard shall be had— (a) to the nature of the...

        7. Use for historical, statistical or research purposes

          1. 7.Where personal data are held for historical, statistical or research...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      The Data Protection Registrar and the Data Protection Tribunal

      1. Part I The Registrar

        1. Status

          1. 1.(1) The Registrar shall be a corporation sole by the...

        2. Tenure of office

          1. 2.(1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, the Registrar...

        3. Salary etc.

          1. 3.(1) There shall be paid— (a) to the Registrar such...

        4. Officers and servants

          1. 4.(1) The Registrar— (a) shall appoint a deputy registrar; and...

          2. 5.(1) The deputy registrar shall perform the functions conferred by...

        5. Receipts and expenses

          1. 6.(1) All fees and other sums received by the Registrar...

        6. Accounts

          1. 7.(1) It shall be the duty of the Registrar—

      2. Part II The Tribunal

        1. Tenure of office

          1. 8.(1) Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph, a...

        2. Salary etc.

          1. 9.The Secretary of State shall pay to the members of...

        3. Officers and servants

          1. 10.The Secretary of State may provide the Tribunal with such...

        4. Expenses

          1. 11.Such expenses of the Tribunal as the Secretary of State...

      3. Part III General

        1. Parliamentary disqualifications

          1. 12.(1) In Part II of Schedule 1 to the House...

        2. Supervision by Council on Tribunals

          1. 13.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        3. Public records

          1. 14.In Part II of the Table in paragraph 3 of...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Appeal Proceedings

      1. Hearing of appeals

        1. 1.For the purpose of hearing and determining appeals or any...

        2. 2.(1) Subject to any rules made under paragraph 4 below,...

        3. 3.Subject to any rules made under paragraph 4 below, the...

      2. Rules of procedure

        1. 4.(1) The Secretary of State may make rules for regulating...

      3. Obstruction etc.

        1. 5.(1) If any person is guilty of any act or...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Powers of Entry and Inspection

      1. Issue of warrants

        1. 1.If a circuit judge is satisfied by information on oath...

        2. 2.A judge shall not issue a warrant under this Schedule...

        3. 3.A judge who issues a warrant under this Schedule shall...

      2. Execution of warrants

        1. 4.A person executing a warrant issued under this Schedule may...

        2. 5.A warrant issued under this Schedule shall be executed at...

        3. 6.If the person who occupies the premises in respect of...

        4. 7.(1) A person seizing anything in pursuance of a warrant...

      3. Matters exempt from inspection and seizure

        1. 8.The powers of inspection and seizure conferred by a warrant...

        2. 9.(1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, the powers...

        3. 10.If the person in occupation of any premises in respect...

      4. Return of Warrants

        1. 11.A warrant issued under this Schedule shall be returned to...

      5. Offences

        1. 12.Any person who— (a) intentionally obstructs a person in the...

      6. Vessels, vehicles etc.

        1. 13.In this Schedule “premises” includes any vessel, vehicle, aircraft or...

      7. Scotland and Northern Ireland

        1. 14.In the application of this Schedule to Scotland, for any...

        2. 15.In the application of this Schedule to Northern Ireland, for...

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