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Data Protection Act 1984

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41General interpretation

In addition to the provisions of sections 1 and 2 above, the following provisions shall have effect for the interpretation of this Act—

  • " business " includes any trade or profession ;

  • "data equipment" means equipment for the automatic processing of data or for recording information so that it can be automatically processed;

  • " data material" means any document or other material used in connection with data equipment;

  • " a de-registration notice " means a notice under section 11 above;

  • " enactment " includes an enactment passed after this Act;

  • " an enforcement notice " means a notice under section 10 above;

  • "the European Convention" means the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data which was opened for signature on 28th January 1981 ;

  • "government department" includes a Northern Ireland department and any body or authority exercising statutory functions on behalf of the Crown ;

  • " prescribed " means prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State;

  • " the Registrar " means the Data Protection Registrar ;

  • " the register ", except where the reference is to the register of companies, means the register maintained under section 4 above and (except where the reference is to a registered company, to the registered office of a company or to registered post) references to registration shall be construed accordingly ;

  • " registered company " means a company registered under the enactments relating to companies for the time being in force in any part of the United Kingdom;

  • " a transfer prohibition notice " means a notice under section 12 above;

  • " the Tribunal " means the Data Protection Tribunal.

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