Q for Questions About the Data Protection Act 1998 - Employer ObligationsPosted in : Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 13 December 2011
Kiera Lee, writes:
1. Does the Data protection Act 1998 apply to employee information?
The Data protection Act 1998 (DPA) applies to processing of ‘personal data’. Personal data is defined in the DPA as that which relates to an individual who can be identified from the data. Any information giving names and addresses etc is clearly personal. It also includes ‘any expression of opinion about the individual’ and this means appraisal forms and references will also be considered personal data.
The question of what constitutes personal data has given rise to much debate and the Information Commissioner’s Office takes a very wide view despite a narrowing of the concept by the Court of Appeal in
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