Guide to the Isle of Man Data Protection Act

The Isle of Man laws relating to data protection are contained in the Isle of Man Data Protection Act 2002 (DPA 2002). The DPA 2002 mirrors much of the UK Data Protection Act 1998. The DPA 2002 uses a number of important definitions, the main ones of which are as follows.

‘Data controller’ means a person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal data are, or are to be, processed.

‘Personal data’ means data that relate to a living individual who can be identified: (a) from those data; or (b) from those data and other information that is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller, and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any indication of the intentions of the data controller or any other person in respect of the individual…

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