Friday, 23 May 2014

One Word, Just One ... You Will Be Found And You Will Be Dealt With

You know who you are, so do we

Anything, any repercussions, at all - consequences ensue. We never make idle threats.

No other warnings, on this issue.



Data Protection Act, Journalism and the PCC Code  

"Are there any other rules on obtaining personal information?

The DPA also regulates the lawful disclosure of information. This note does not deal with how that might be relevant to disclosure to the media, or how journalists might use DPA information rights, or the DPA’s inter-relation with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for which the Information Commissioner also has responsibility.

However, it is important for journalists to understand that in addition to the Act’s requirements about the way that personal data can be used, the rights of data subjects and the exemptions to them, it contains some other controls and prohibitions on the way that information can be obtained and disclosed.

There is a specific criminal offence of unlawful obtaining of personal data. A person must not knowingly or recklessly, without the consent of the data controller, obtain or disclose personal data or the information that it contains, or procure the disclosure to another person of the information contained in personal data.

Both individuals and companies can be prosecuted at the instigation of the Information Commissioner or the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is also an offence to sell or offer to sell information that has been obtained without consent."

Data Protection Act 1998

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