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Explaining the legal backdrop to the issue, Mr Sparrow went on: 'The Data Protection Act 1998 imposes duties on those organisations which hold data amounting to personal information, for example, customer or client lists of individuals, in terms of how that information must be managed.
The OFT says the firm, its officers Lee Parvin and Joan Parvin and the proprietor of the business, Barry Parvin, have been involved with misleading adverts relating to notification with the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Businesses are receiving official-looking letters demanding pounds 95 for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Personal data which normally includes pay records is protected by the Data Protection Act 1998 and can only be disclosed in accordance with data protection principles.
The ICO enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, individuals are granted some protection.
The new code of practice, the third of four to be issued, gives guidance on how the Data Protection Act 1998 should be interpreted by employers when monitoring employees' communications - phone calls, e-mails, internet access, and even their movements around the place of work.
The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on March 1, 2000.
The Institute of Directors in the West Midlands is warning of a scam being operated by companies trying to take advantage of confusion over the Data Protection Act 1998.
However, monitoring employees' on-line activities has to be considered in light of recent legislation, such as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998.
This contravenes the Data Protection Act 1998 which stipulates that all retailers must obtain the 'informed consent' of data subjects to process their data in this way.
An employer's interception of communications must comply both with the requirements of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998, and also the Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations 2000, all of which are now in force.

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