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Possible data protection probe

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According to Mail Online, a House of Lords peer has apparently admitted during a House of Lords debate that he uses “friends” in the DVLA to track down drivers he spots littering.  According to the article, it would appear that this involves the noting-down of vehicle registration plates and then obtaining information relating to the driver from someone at the DVLA.

This again raises important concerns about data protection. The Data Protection Act 1998 imposes legal obligations on public bodies requiring them to protect a person’s personal information and only release it to third parties in accordance with the law.  The Data Protection Act also imposes a duty on public bodies and authorities to maintain accurate information and amend or delete information where necessary.

You may be able to claim damages from a public body if they fail to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 when handling your personal data.

By Stuart Crook, human rights law & civil solicitor

Stephensons Solicitors LLP have a dedicated civil liberties and human rights team who may be able to advise and assist you with making a damages claim against a public body if they have violated the Data Protection Act in relation to the handling of your personal data. Call us now on 01616 966 229.