Guidance: Data Protection Act: Law Enforcement Processing

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This Part of the Act regulates law enforcement data processing.

The Act:

  • Updates our data protection laws governing the processing of personal data for law enforcement purposes by the police, prosecutors and others.

  • Strengthens the rights of data subjects, whilst ensuring that criminal justice agencies and others can continue to use and share personal data to prevent and investigate crime, bring offenders to justice and keep communities safe.

  • Ensures that, following the UK’s exit from the European Union, our criminal justice agencies can continue to share data with partner agencies in other EU Member States and remain at the forefront of the international effort to tackle serious organised crime and other threats to our security.


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