Thursday, 20 March 2014

An individual's name is personal data

Just read about an interesting case from the UK Court of Appeal last month concerning whether or not a person's name alone can be classified as personal data under the Data Protection Act, or whether further biographical information is needed for it to be so classified.

The Court has ruled that a person's name does constitute personal data under the Act, unless it is so common that further detail is needed to identify an individual - and further that personal data is information that relates to a living individual who can be identified, regardless of whether they can be traced or contacted.

The case is explored at , and

(I picked this up on Twitter earlier and favourited the page - apologies to whoever the original tweeter was, I can't now find your name!)


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1 comment:

  1. The key word is LIVING individual, as stated in the Data Protection Act. I once had a research centre worker argue that the dead came under the Act as well. They don't.