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Personal Records: Private Sector

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal or other constraints are imposed on private companies, including airport operators, in taking and storing fingerprints and other personal data from members of the public. (197292)

The Government take data protection very seriously and keep the law on what measures are needed to strengthen the protection of personal data under continuous review.

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) provides a comprehensive legal framework of protection (including legal redress) for personal data, including fingerprints and other personal data. The DPA applies to all organisations that handle information about people, in both the public and private sectors. Therefore, it would be a matter for private companies, including airport operators, to satisfy themselves that they are acting in accordance with the DPA and other relevant legislation, including the Human Rights Act 1998.