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Data Protection and Compliance in Context by Stewart Room

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THE DPA – IMPORTANT MISCELLANY

The DPA achieved Royal Assent on 16 July 1998 and the majority of its provisions came into force on 1 March 2000. This repealed and replaced the Data Protection Act 1984, but it is subject to some important transitional provisions that are designed to ensure a smooth transition from the 1984 Act to the DPA. Most of the transitional provisions expired on 24 October 2001, but a few still remain:

  • Until 24 October 2007 ‘eligible manual data’, which are manual data that were first held by a data controller before 24 October 1998, and ‘accessible records’, which are certain kinds of health records, educational records and public records, are exempt from most of the data protection principles as well as from the data ...

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