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Data Protection vs. Freedom of Information by Paul Ticher

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CHAPTER 8: THE DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES

We have seen that personal data about applicants themselves cannot be provided under a Freedom of Information Act request; it must be handled under the Data Protection Act.

Where the information is personal data about someone other than the applicant, the opposite is true: the data cannot be released under data protection (except in some cases, discussed in Chapter 11, where the information is linked to information about the data subject), but may be the subject of a freedom of information request.

However, there is an absolute exemption for a disclosure of personal data which would breach any of the data protection principles. This chapter examines the implications of the principles.

The eight data protection ...

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