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Published 28 July 2014
This article considers the changes to the Data Protection Act 1998, which will come into force on 1 December 2014, making it unlawful for insurers to require insureds to provide details of their criminal record.
An individual's right to make a "data subject access request" is a cornerstone of the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC),which was implemented in the UK by the Data Protection Act 1998. Section 7 of the Act specifies that an individual has the right to get a copy of the information that is held about them by a "data controller", which includes the Police. Essentially, the purpose of subject access rights is to enable an individual to check whether their data is being processed lawfully and in a way which does not infringe their privacy.
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