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Data Protection

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take an early legislative opportunity to bring forward amendments to the Data Protection Act 1998 to provide that the name and identity of the author of personal data are disclosed to anyone who has sought disclosure of personal data about themselves under the provisions of the Act. (76370)

We have no plans to do so. The Data Protection Act 1998 does not necessarily prevent the disclosure of such information to individuals making subject access requests to organisations for data about themselves. However, the name and identity of those who are the authors of, or who have otherwise processed that data are, themselves, personal data. Any decision on whether or not that information should be disclosed would need to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will issue guidance on the Data Protection Act 1998 that the provisions of that Act should not prevent the exchange of relevant data between police and the owners of post box addresses at which vehicles involved in road traffic accidents are registered. (76693)

We have no plans to do so. The Data Protection Act 1998 is administered and enforced independently of the Government by the Information Commissioner and it is his role to produce advice and guidance on the proper application of the Act.

The Act does not prevent the exchange of personal data, where there is a legitimate need to do so, but decisions need to be made on a case-by-case basis.