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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the deterrent effect of court awards for compensation for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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Harriet Harman (Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs; Camberwell and Peckham, Labour)

None. The purpose of compensation under the Data Protection Act 1998 is not to act as a deterrent, but to compensate individuals for any damage or harm arising from a breach of their rights. We have further not made any assessment.

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