It is quite unfortunate that there is no easy, clear-cut legal definition of personal data as far as law in UK law is concerned. This leaves business, including online business with significant uncertainty to deal with.
In simple terms, a personal data constitutes any information that can be used to identify an individual. For instance, a business database that contains customer full names, email addresses, credit cards, date of births and contact addresses, among other things is count as personal data. You can ask Best bromley solicitors for information on what constitutes personal data.
Some businesses have found the issues surrounding personal data to be troublesome because they are subject to wider legal obligations than what logic might demand. For instance, personal data could constitute both positive descriptions and negative descriptions that describe a person. A good example is a Paul, a short hairy person who lives in London. The same personal data could describe Paul as a person who does not have short hair and lives in London.
It is also important to note that incomplete data may still constitute personal data. For instance a company can contain a list of reference numbers that relates to the identification numbers of individuals. If this is the case, then the reference numbers would still be treated as personal data of the corresponding individuals.
It is worth noting that there is a difference between sensitive personal data and personal data. For instance, a leak of a personal letter is more serious than exposing one’s email. When someone exposes your other information such as health, contact information, sexual orientation, race, criminal record or political affiliation, then you can easily sue the offender.
Although many people think that personal data is only restricted to customers, personal data could involve everyone associated with the company including company management and employees. Such data such as employee’s performance data kept by their employers constitutes personal data. In other words any data that contains any specific detail be it bodily description or numerical numbers that can be used to identify a personal is called personal data because the record is specifically intended for that one particular person and not any other person.
Generally, and unless you are advised otherwise by your bromley solicitors or any other protection professional, business ought to consider that any data or information they hold relating to any individual, including customers, employees, management, suppliers etc may be considered personal data by the law and that such should be treated accordingly.
If you suspect that your personal data has been mishandles in such a way that it is likely to be accessed by unathorised person, for example, then it is time to take legal action against the party the made the information public. There are many risks that come with your personal data being exposed to the public. One such risk is the identity theft where criminals will use your personal data to pretend they are you to steal money from you or cause online havoc. One should be very careful when dealing with personal data.