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Data Protection and Compliance in Context by Stewart Room

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AUTOMATED DECISION TAKING

Section 12 of the DPA is concerned with automatic processing of personal data that is done for the purposes of evaluating matters relating to the data subject, such as performance at work, creditworthiness, reliability or conduct. The right to object in section 12 does not allow the data subject to prevent this kind of processing operation. Instead, it is concerned with decisions that are based solely on automatic evaluation-processing, if those decisions will significantly affect the data subject. Section 12 gives the data subject the right to prevent these decisions being taken, but it does not give the right to prevent the automatic evaluation-processing itself. If the data subject wishes to prevent the processing ...

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