Understanding privacy policies
Privacy policies are legal documents that disclose the ways that a party gathers and uses individuals’ personal information. For example, you may find links to privacy policies on websites. The purpose of privacy policies is to ensure that individuals’ personal information is protected and only used for a legitimate purpose.
In the UK and Europe, privacy laws closely relate to data-protection laws. A key piece of data-protection legislation in the UK is called the Data Protection Act 1994 (the Act). The Act aims to implement privacy policies and protect living individuals’ personal data. Under the Act, personal data includes names, addresses, dates of birth, credit card details, etc. If someone stores your personal data they must ensure that this data is protected.
Under the Act, there are many rights you have in relation to your personal data. You should be allowed to have access to your personal data (note this is only when you have requested it in writing and paid the requisite fee). You can also stop someone who has access to your personal data from using it a manner which is likely to cause you damage or distress.
In addition to the Act, there are other UK laws which are designed to implement privacy policies. There are also EC Regulations which have been introduced in order to promote privacy of personal information. You can find out more about this by contacting a solicitor.
If you would like to obtain legal advice and information on privacy law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist privacy law solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local privacy law solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web form above.
- Last Updated on 02/03/2010