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Data Protection Act

If you store data about individuals: employees, customers, the public, then European business are required to comply with the Data Protection Act. This law applies whether you are on the web or not.

The laws are similar across the European Community, and in the UK, requires businesses to register with the Data Protection Commissioner, and comply with the regulations.

In particular:

-you must state what you do with the data (and stick to it)

-you should not export the data outside the EC without the subjects permission

-you must keep the data secure, reveal it and delete it, if requested by the subjects

These obligations are straightforward and the cost of registration is small. You can find full information and apply online at the Data Protection Register.

If you are collecting your information from your customers, and you are registered, then it may help you to make this point clear on you web site.

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