data protection act

computer misuse act and copyright act

The Data Protection Act is mandatory. It is essential therefore that YOUR-COMPANY fully complies with it… not just to avoid prosecution and bad publicity, but to demonstrate to customers that YOUR-COMPANY operates with due diligence and responsibility. Also bear in mind that a breach of the act can lead to claims for compensation.

This website provided news and information on the act. It explains the eight principles behind the legislation, and gives clear definitions of may of the term sussed. In addition, it provides guidelines for both subject access and data handling, which can be used as the basis of your own procedures and documentation.

Please note that the contents of this website constitute information only, and should not be construed in any circumstances to be legal advice or opinion

The Department for Constitutional Affairs have recently revamped their website. This includes an extended section of the Data Protection Act, with extensive coverage of individual rights.


The material featured on the website is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The Crown copyright protected material may be re-used free of charge for research for non-commercial purposes and private study. This is subject to the material being re-used accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where any of the Crown copyright material on this website is being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

Computer misuse act

The Computer Misuse Act of 1990 is a law in the United Kingdom that makes certain activities illegal, such as hacking into other people’s systems, misusing software, or helping a person to gain access to protected files of someone else's computer. The act was created after the 1984-1985 R v. Gold case, which was appealed in 1988. The appeal was successful, inspiring parliament to create a law that would make punishable the behavior committed by Robert Schifreen and Stephen Gold. It obviously could not be applied retroactively, but it's goal was to discourage behavior like theirs in the future.