Note: "Section numbers" below are those of the Data Protection Act. Hyperlinks are inserted for the convenience of the small number of members of staff who need to refer to the Act directly.
The rights of Data Subjects are:
Rights of Data Subjects may be waived by specific Exemptions in the Data Protection Act. (For example, by criminals are not able to access their personal data held by the Police in the course investigating their crimes.)
It should be noted that, since the Data Subject has a right to object to certain kinds of processing of personal data, it follows that the Data Controller has a responsibility to make him or her aware that this processing is occurring. This has implications for the construction of Fair Processing Notices.
If a Data Subject objects to the processing of personal data, this does not necessarily mean that the Data Controller must cease processing. It does mean that the complaint must be formally investigated and a response given, which will then be subject to investigation by the Information Commissioner if the Data Subject exercises his/her right to request an assessment.
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