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As from January 2004 Gibraltar has had its own data protection law - the Data Protection Act 2004. The Act is not currently in force, but will be commenced following a period of consultation.

This guide aims to inform readers in advance about the new law and the rights that they will have under it. It sets out:

  • what is covered by the Act, and
  • what are your key rights.

In today's world information is kept about all of us. Our employers keep information about us, as does our bank and our landlord. Every time we book a flight or even pay for our groceries in the supermarket with a credit card we are giving someone personal information about us, information which they may keep and use.

The Data Protection Act gives individuals rights to know what information is being kept about them and what it is being used for by a wide range of businesses, organisations and public bodies. Its central aim is to ensure that the information held is accurate and that individuals know how information about them is being used. To achieve this it puts responsibilities on persons who control information and gives rights to people about whom information is kept.

To exercise those rights you may need to write a letter to the person who holds data about you - remember that it's always wise to keep a copy of any letters you write.

This guide is for general information only. It is not legal advice or a definitive statement of the law and does not include detailed information about the legal provisions of the Act.