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Legal Aspects of Computing - Data Protection Computerisation has revolutionised the handling and processing of information to such an extent that the data itself has now become a commodity which processes commercial value and can be traded on the market in the same way as any other commodity Also increasing use of the Internet has resulted in a profligate transfer of personal data which may or may not be for commercial purposes As with all technological advances the benefits may be many but there will inevitably be potential problems Consider this scenario I purchase over a number of years books and CDs from a number of shops The shops get together exchange information and build a picture of my interests They use this to send me marketing information Is there anything wrong with this Development of data protection legislation Bott et al 2001 Report of Younger Committee on Privacy Cmnd 5012White Paper Computers and Privacy Cmnd 6353 and Suppl Cmnd 6354Report of Lindop Committee on Data Protection Cmnd 7341Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Personal DataWhite Paper Data Protection the governments proposals for legislation Cmnd 8539Data Protection ActOriginal proposal for a directive on the protection of individual with regard to the processing of personal data COM 90 314 final -SYN 287 1990 OJ C 2773Amended proposal for a directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data COM 92 422 final - SYN 287 1982 OJC 31130Directive 9546EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data 1995 OJL 28131Data Protection Act1972197519781980198219841990199219951998 Comparison of the Terminology and Provisions of the Data Protection Act 1984 and the Data Protection Act 1998 Data Protection Act 1984Data Protection Act 1998 Data - information recorded in a form in which it can be processed by equipment operating automatically in response to
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