Rights of data subjects under the Data Protection Act

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All University staff should be made aware of the fact that, under Principle 6 of the 8 Data Protection Principles, personal data must be processed by RGU in accordance with the rights of data subjects (i.e. students and staff whose personal information you are processing).

Data subjects have the following rights under the Data Protection Act:

The full list of the Data Protection Principles can be found at the following web page:



Failure to adhere to the University's Data Protection policies and guidance could be regarded as a disciplinary offence.

Please contact the University Records Manager for further information (262882).

UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

The UK Information Commissioner's Office is an independent authority, which has been set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information.

The legal powers of the Information Commissioner include:

The following are criminal offences under the Act:

New development
In May 2008, the ICO was given the new power to impose substantial fines on organisations, including RGU, if they deliberately or recklessly commit serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.

Last updated: 04.06.08 (ALM)

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