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Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th January 2015.

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Photo of Jim McGovern Jim McGovern Labour, Dundee West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the Government's policy is on handling and sharing personal data.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The UK Government takes the protection of people’s personal data very seriously. Where there is a legal basis to share information, the handling and sharing of personal data is primarily governed by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), which establishes a legal framework of rights and obligations which protect personal information. The EU is currently negotiating a new data protection framework, which when agreed will repeal and replace the DPA.

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