The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) applies to personal data. Information which relates to a living, identifiable individual i.e. information which is about you and identifies you is your personal data.
Organisations such as Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (Stockport Council) are ‘data controllers’ for the purposes of the DPA because they process personal data. ‘Processing’ means anything that is done to the data including just holding them in a file or computer system.
The DPA gives individuals (known as data subjects) a number of rights in relation to their personal data and sets out rules that must be followed by data controllers when they process personal data. As a data controller Stockport Council must ensure it complies with the DPA.
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