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Data Protection and Compliance in Context by Stewart Room

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THE RIGHT OF ACCESS TO PERSONAL DATA

The right of access to personal data is probably the most important and controversial of the transparency provisions. Unlike the others, the right of access is within the control of data subjects, the people most incentivized to protect their own personal data.

In brief, the right of access gives the data subject the right to information about the data controller and its data processing activities, information that has to be provided within a short timeframe and for a nominal fee. In theory, the right of access gives the data subject a route to the very heart of government, public sector and business activity. However, there are many important exemptions to the right of access.

According to the Data Protection ...

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