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So far we have covered how the data protection act covers you as a data subject. Now let’s look at the obligations and duties placed on organisations and people as data controllers and or data processors. It is really important that you are aware of your companies’ data protection policies and procedures and you should always refer to your manager if there is anything that you are uncertain of.

Broadly the act lays down 8 data protection principles, the main purpose of these principals is to protect the interests of the individuals whose personal data is being processed. They apply to everything that is done with personal data.