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Professional Issues in Information Technology - Second edition by Frank Bott

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13 DATA PROTECTION, PRIVACY AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

After studying this chapter, you should:

  • be able to identify situations in which legislation relating to data protection, privacy and freedom of information is likely to impose obligations on you;
  • understand, in straightforward cases, what your obligations in respect of data protection, privacy and freedom of information are;
  • be able to recognise more complicated situations, in which you need to ask for expert advice.

13.1 BACKGROUND

Public concern about data protection was first aroused when it was realised that a very large amount of data about individuals was being collected and stored in computers and then used for purposes that were different from those intended when the data was collected, ...

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