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Freedom of Information Act 2000

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68Extension of meaning of “data”

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(1)Section 1 of the [1998 c. 29.] Data Protection Act 1998 (basic interpretative provisions) is amended in accordance with subsections (2) and (3).

(2)In subsection (1)—

(a)in the definition of “data”, the word “or” at the end of paragraph (c) is omitted and after paragraph (d) there is inserted or

(e)is recorded information held by a public authority and does not fall within any of paragraphs (a) to (d);, and

(b)after the definition of “processing” there is inserted—

“public authority” has the same meaning as in the Freedom of Information Act 2000;.

(3)After subsection (4) there is inserted—

(5)In paragraph (e) of the definition of “data” in subsection (1), the reference to information “held” by a public authority shall be construed in accordance with section 3(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

(6)Where section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 prevents Parts I to V of that Act from applying to certain information held by a public authority, that information is not to be treated for the purposes of paragraph (e) of the definition of “data” in subsection (1) as held by a public authority.

(4)In section 56 of that Act (prohibition of requirement as to production of certain records), after subsection (6) there is inserted—

(6A)A record is not a relevant record to the extent that it relates, or is to relate, only to personal data falling within paragraph (e) of the definition of “data” in section 1(1).

(5)In the Table in section 71 of that Act (index of defined expressions) after the entry relating to processing there is inserted—

public authoritysection 1(1)..

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