The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 1st March 2000, and applies to information about individuals, known as "personal data". Queen Margaret University needs to keep certain personal data, for example about its staff and students, to fulfil its purpose and to meet its legal obligations to funding bodies and government. The full text of the Act is available on the Office of Public Sector Information website.
The Act is policed by the UK Information Commissioner. The University must tell the Commissioner about all the purposes for which it processes personal data. This is called notification and all the purposes are maintained in a searchable register by the Commissioner.
QMU Data Protection Policy Word Format
QMU Data Protection Guidelines Word Format