Guide to Data Protection Act for Data Controllers


The DPA exempts the processing of certain personal data from specified parts of the Act. All other provisions of the DPA outside the specified exemption continue to apply.

There exemptions for:

  • National security
  • Crime, government fees and duties
  • Health
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Monitoring, inspection or regulatory functions
  • Journalism, literature or art
  • Research, history or statistics
  • Information available to the public by or under enactments
  • Disclosures required by the Act or made in connection with legal proceedings
  • Personal, family or household affairs


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