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Data Protection and Compliance in Context by Stewart Room

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NOTIFICATION

Notification is the process by which information about data controllers and their data processing operations comes to be included in a publicly accessible register maintained by the Information Commissioner. The obligation to notify arises under section 17 of the DPA, which says that ‘personal data must not be processed unless an entry in respect of the data controller is included in the register maintained by the Commissioner’. However, there are some exemptions to the obligation to notify.

The purpose of notification is threefold. By far and away the most important purpose is to foster transparency in data processing activities. Second, notification assists the Information Commissioner in the discharge of their regulatory functions ...

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