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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and practical introduction to DPA 1998, 9 May 2001
This review is from: Blackstone's Guide to the Data Protection Act 1998 (Paperback)
Peter Carey, a solicitor in the City of London, specialises in privacy law and the UK Data protection Act 1998 in particular. This work is the first commentary published on the new act. His commentary is very succinct and illustrated with many practical examples of situations businesses may face when implementing the act. I used this book as a practical guide to assess our dotcom startup's obligations under the act when drafting our privacy policy. The book proved to be extremely useful.
The author opines that the act constitutes a gold plated version of the EU Data Privacy Directive and imposes more regulations than the original authors might have intended. Not surprising that European dotcoms will hence have a battle on their hands when intending to transfer data to the US, a country with an alleged lower degree of data protection. Data protection seems a clear illustration how small businesses get burdened with inordinate hurdles before they even get their business up and running - this can only discourage new initiatives and favour the incumbent infomediaries, at least for a while.
It would have been handy to see the author comment on loopholes around the act, but then again, that's why'd you go to visit him in his practice whose address is the only solicitor's details provided in the book. All in all, a very good buy worth every penny. Strongly recommended to both expert and neophyte practitioners or data controllers.
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