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The main legislation governing data protection is the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA), and a full list of applicable legislation is given at the end of these Q&As.

The main legislation governing data protection is the (DPA) and the (IPA).

The DPA implements the EU Data Protection Directive, and both aim to give individuals rights in connection with the processing of manual and computerised personal data about them.

In December 2015, the EU Commission, Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Significant changes are proposed which will affect how all employers (and other institutions) throughout the EU deal with personal data. In May 2017 the ICO published a plan, committing to the implementation of the GDPR.

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