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Who is a 'data subject' for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998?

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Published on LexisPSL on 20/05/2016

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Who is a 'data subject' for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998?

In the context of data protection, the term 'data subject' is used frequently.

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998), 'data subject' is defined as: 'an individual who is the subject of personal data'. The term 'Personal data' is defined as follows:

'data which relate to a living individual who can be identified—

(a)     from those data, or

(b)     from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller,

and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any indication of the intentions of

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