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data processing

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information processing,

operations (e.g., handling, merging, sorting, and computing) performed upon data in accordance with strictly defined procedures, such as recording and summarizing the financial transactions of a business. In automatic or electronic data processing the operations are performed by a computercomputer,
device capable of performing a series of arithmetic or logical operations. A computer is distinguished from a calculating machine, such as an electronic calculator, by being able to store a computer program (so that it can repeat its operations and make logical
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. In distributed data processing some or all of the operations are performed in different locations at computer facilities connected by telecommunications links.
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data processing

[′dad·ə ′präs‚es·iŋ]
(computer science)
Any operation or combination of operations on data, including everything that happens to data from the time they are observed or collected to the time they are destroyed. Also known as information processing.
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data processing

a. a sequence of operations performed on data, esp by a computer, in order to extract information, reorder files, etc.
b. (as modifier): a data-processing centre
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data processing

(application)
The input, verification, organisation, storage, retrieval, transformation, and extraction of information from data. The term is normally associated with commercial applications such as stock control or payroll.
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data processing

(1) The first name given to the information technology (IT) industry. From the early 1900s to the 1960s, it meant feeding punch cards into tabulating machines. Thereafter, data processing referred to computer processing, and eventually IT became the industry term. See punch card.

(2) Processing data/information, which includes text, images, audio and video. The term may refer to business processing (update this order, sum this amount, etc.) or to multimedia processing (encode these video frames, decode and play this audio file, etc.). See data, information, preprocessing and information processing cycle.
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New staff will need to be made aware of your requirements, Data Processor contracts reviewed, new technology assessed and the system audited.
After what is believed to be one of the biggest credit card hacking incidents ever, US firm Data Processors International, which processes transactions involving Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Financial Services for merchants, said it had 'recently experienced a system intrusion by an unauthorised outside party.'
The Regulations address security of processing of personal data, and include an obligation on the data controller, or the data processor carrying out the data controller's function at the time of an intrusion, to notify the ADGM registrar of a data breach incident.