Search Legislation

Data Protection Act 1998

 Help about what version

What Version

 Help about advanced features

Advanced Features

Changes to legislation:

Data Protection Act 1998, Part VI is up to date with all changes known to be in force on or before 29 September 2022. There are changes that may be brought into force at a future date. Changes that have been made appear in the content and are referenced with annotations. Help about Changes to Legislation

Close

Changes to Legislation

Revised legislation carried on this site may not be fully up to date. Changes and effects are recorded by our editorial team in lists which can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area. Where those effects have yet to be applied to the text of the legislation by the editorial team they are also listed alongside the legislation in the affected provisions. Use the ‘more’ link to open the changes and effects relevant to the provision you are viewing.

View outstanding changes

Changes and effects yet to be applied to the whole Act associated Parts and Chapters:

Whole provisions yet to be inserted into this Act (including any effects on those provisions):

Part VIU.K. Miscellaneous and General

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

F1 Functions of CommissionerU.K.

Textual Amendments

F1Act repealed (except s. 62, Sch. 15 paras. 13, 15, 16, 18, 19) (25.5.2018) by Data Protection Act 2018 (c. 12), s. 212(1), Sch. 19 para. 44 (with ss. 117, 209, 210, Sch. 20 paras. 2-9, 17-25, 27-46, 53, 54, 58); S.I. 2018/625, reg. 2(1)(g)

F151 General duties of Commissioner.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F152 Reports and codes of practice to be laid before Parliament.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F152AData-sharing codeU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F152AADirect marketing codeU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F152B data-sharing and direct marketing codes: procedureU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F152CAlteration or replacement of data-sharing and direct marketing codes U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F152DPublication of data-sharing and direct marketing codes U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F152EEffect of data-sharing and direct marketing codes U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F153 Assistance by Commissioner in cases involving processing for the special purposes.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F154 International co-operation.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F154AInspection of overseas information systemsU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F1 Unlawful obtaining et ceteralaetc. of personal dataU.K.

F155 Unlawful obtaining etc. of personal data.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F1Monetary penaltiesU.K.

F155APower of Commissioner to impose monetary penaltyU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F155BMonetary penalty notices: procedural rightsU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F155CGuidance about monetary penalty noticesU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F155DMonetary penalty notices: enforcementU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F155ENotices under sections 55A and 55B: supplementalU.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F1 Records obtained under data subject’s right of accessU.K.

F156 Prohibition of requirement as to production of certain records.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F157 Avoidance of certain contractual terms relating to health records.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F1 Information provided to Commissioner or TribunalU.K.

F158 Disclosure of information.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F159 Confidentiality of information.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F1 General provisions relating to offencesU.K.

F160 Prosecutions and penalties.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F161 Liability of directors etc.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Amendments of Consumer Credit Act 1974U.K.

62 Amendments of Consumer Credit Act 1974.U.K.

(1)In section 158 of the M1Consumer Credit Act 1974 (duty of agency to disclose filed information)—

(a)in subsection (1)—

(i)in paragraph (a) for “individual” there is substituted “ partnership or other unincorporated body of persons not consisting entirely of bodies corporate ”, and

(ii)for “him” there is substituted “ it ”,

(b)in subsection (2), for “his” there is substituted “ the consumer’s ”, and

(c)in subsection (3), for “him” there is substituted “ the consumer ”.

(2)In section 159 of that Act (correction of wrong information) for subsection (1) there is substituted—

(1)Any individual (the “objector”) given—

(a)information under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 by a credit reference agency, or

(b)information under section 158,

who considers that an entry in his file is incorrect, and that if it is not corrected he is likely to be prejudiced, may give notice to the agency requiring it either to remove the entry from the file or amend it.

(3)In subsections (2) to (6) of that section—

(a)for “consumer”, wherever occurring, there is substituted “ objector ”, and

(b)for “Director”, wherever occurring, there is substituted “ the relevant authority ”.

(4)After subsection (6) of that section there is inserted—

(7)The Data Protection Commissioner may vary or revoke any order made by him under this section.

(8)In this section “the relevant authority” means—

(a)where the objector is a partnership or other unincorporated body of persons, the Director, and

(b)in any other case, the Data Protection Commissioner.

(5)In section 160 of that Act (alternative procedure for business consumers)—

(a)in subsection (4)—

(i)for “him” there is substituted “ to the consumer ”, and

(ii)in paragraphs (a) and (b) for “he” there is substituted “ the consumer ” and for “his” there is substituted “ the consumer’s ”, and

(b)after subsection (6) there is inserted—

(7)In this section “consumer” has the same meaning as in section 158.

Marginal Citations

F1 GeneralU.K.

F163 Application to Crown.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F163A Application to Parliament.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F164 Transmission of notices etc. by electronic or other means.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F165 Service of notices by Commissioner.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F166 Exercise of rights in Scotland by children.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F167 Orders, regulations and rules.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F168 Meaning of “accessible record”.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F169 Meaning of “health professional”.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F170 Supplementary definitions.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F171 Index of defined expressions.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F172 Modifications of Act.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F173 Transitional provisions and savings.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F174 Minor and consequential amendments and repeals and revocations.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F175 Short title, commencement and extent.U.K.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

You have chosen to open The Whole Act

The Whole Act you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download. You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run.

Would you like to continue?

You have chosen to open The Whole Act as a PDF

The Whole Act you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download.

Would you like to continue?

You have chosen to open the Whole Act

The Whole Act you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download. You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run.

Would you like to continue?

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

See additional information alongside the content

Geographical Extent: Indicates the geographical area that this provision applies to. For further information see ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Show Timeline of Changes: See how this legislation has or could change over time. Turning this feature on will show extra navigation options to go to these specific points in time. Return to the latest available version by using the controls above in the What Version box.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

Timeline of Changes

This timeline shows the different points in time where a change occurred. The dates will coincide with the earliest date on which the change (e.g an insertion, a repeal or a substitution) that was applied came into force. The first date in the timeline will usually be the earliest date when the provision came into force. In some cases the first date is 01/02/1991 (or for Northern Ireland legislation 01/01/2006). This date is our basedate. No versions before this date are available. For further information see the Editorial Practice Guide and Glossary under Help.

Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources