Increasing public awareness of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005

The increasing public awareness of the existence of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005, and various rights afforded to individuals thereunder, has led to an increase in queries and complaints in respect of the control of ‘personal data’. This article provides a brief overview of the rights of an individual to information that is held about them by an individual or an organisation and offers some practical advice as to how organisations should deal with requests for information.

The most important principles underlying the Law are:

1. That anyone who records and uses personal information has to be open about how this information is used and must follow eight principles of good information handling; and

2. All individuals have certain rights under the Law, which includes the right to request sight of information held about them and to have it corrected if it is wrong…

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