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88 Privacy Breaches to Beware Of by Lyn Boxall, William Hioe, Kevin Shepherdson

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illustration 35 Publicly available data – is it really free to use?

The data protection law invariably requires an organisation to obtain consent from individuals before collecting, using or disclosing their personal data. However, there are exceptions to the consent requirement.

A typical exception relates to “publicly available information” or “publicly available data”. To illustrate, here is a list of some types of publicly available information:

  Government and public sector agency records – for example, land title records, company registration records (including details of directors and shareholders) and bankruptcy records.

  Information about listed ...

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