The Data Protection Act 1998

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The Data Protection Act of 1998 from the UK gives people the right to access information held about them by organizations, and it governs how those organizations can acquire, store, share, dispose, and use the personal information that they hold.  The act is administered and enforced by the Information Commissioner, an independent authority who is appointed by the Queen and reports directly to Parliament.
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