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What is a relevant filing system for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998?

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Published on LexisPSL on 29/04/2016

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  • What is a relevant filing system for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998?

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998), a relevant filing system is defined in s1 as:

any set of information relating to individuals to the extent that, although the information is not processed by means of equipment operating automatically in response to instructions given for that purpose, the set is structured, either by reference to individuals or by reference to criteria relating to individuals, in such a way that specific information relating to a particular individual is readily accessible.

It is notable that there is no reference to data, and for good reason.

There has been no transposition from information to

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