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An organisation cannot simply process personal data because it wishes to do so. It can only process personal data if it satisfies one of the conditions set out in Article 6(1) of Regulation (EU) 2016/679, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These are commonly known as the ‘lawful grounds’, ‘legitimate grounds’ or ‘conditions’ for processing.
Under the GDPR, there are six potentially lawful grounds for processing personal data, as set out in Practice Note: Processing personal data—lawful processing:
the data subject has given consent to the processing of their personal data for one or more specific purposes—see section in the above Practice Note: Processing personal data—lawful processing—Consent
processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or to take steps at the request of the data subject before entering into a contract—see section in the above Practice Note: Processing personal data—lawful processing—Performance of a contract
processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which you are subject—see section in the above Practice Note: Processing personal data—lawful processing—Compliance with a legal obligation
processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person—see below in the above Practice Note: Processing personal data—lawful processing—Vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person
processing is necessary
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