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Data Protection Act

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Data Protection Act Section 10 notices he has received in each year since 1998. (86866)

The Home Office does not, and is not required to keep central statistics on the number of Data Protection Act Section 10 Notices received. The receipt of such a notice is a very infrequent occurrence. The department is aware of having received two such notices since 1998. One was received in 2002 and one other last year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protocol his Department follows when it receives a formal Data Protection Act Section 10 Notice to Correct Erroneous Data; and if he will make a statement. (86867)

Section 10 of the Data Protection Act gives data subjects the right to prevent the processing of personal data which are causing, or are likely to cause, substantial damage or distress to them or another person where that processing is or would be unwarranted. Section 14 of the Data Protection Act provides data subjects with rights in relation to the correction of inaccurate personal data. The Home Office does not currently have, and is not required to have, a formal written protocol for either circumstance. The Home Office is committed to meeting its legal obligations in relation to both, however. With regards to the correction of inaccurate personal data, when an error is highlighted all necessary steps are taken to correct that error and, where necessary, remedy any underlying faults that caused the mistake.