We take your privacy extremely seriously. We do not share your information with any other organisation. We encourage all users of the site to read the overview of the Data Protection act below to understand both their own rights and the responsibilities on us, RAPTOR Training Vests Ltd.
The Data Protection Act 1998 was enacted to protect the personal data of all individuals. It was based on the European fundamental right to freedom and privacy granted to people with respect to the processing of their personal data. In essence allowing them to control information about themselves. Individuals and companies are expected to keep their personal information to themselves under the Act.
Personal data is defined as data, which would aid in the identification of an individual. Personal data, which is considered sensitive includes information on: whether a person is part of a trade union, a person’s race or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, physical or mental health condition, sexual life, criminal offences that may have been alleged or committed and information relating to the proceedings, conviction and sentence to such an offence.
The Data Protection Act defines eight principles. The following is an overview of those principles.
Collected data can only be used can only be used for the specific purpose for which it was gathered. It must therefore be used fairly and lawfully to protect the interest of the individual whose personal data is being processed.
Data sharing is forbidden without the explicit authorisation of the person whom the information is about. Neither can a third party expect to obtain such information without consent of the said individual. It is considered an offence to act contrary. The only exception to this rule is if there is legislation or a legitimate reason which supersedes it e.g. to prevent a crime from happening.
An individual has a right to access information an entity be it person or company has on them provided it does not fall under one of the exceptions e.g. prevention of crime.
Any personal information should be kept up to date and subsequently disposed after it has been used for whatever purpose it was taken.
Personal data should not taken or transmitted out of Europe without authorisation, and if it is, the data is to be protected from misuse.
All bodies that deal with personal data should be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office unless the information is for domestic use or the organisation is one that does very simple administration.
All companies should be thorough and have various security measures in place including firewalls and well trained employees to ensure personal data is handled with care and sensitivity and is protected against unauthorized or unlawful use. This includes protection against loss, damage or destruction of the personal data.
Where information is incorrect, the individual whom the data is about has the right to have that information corrected. If the company fails to do this, a court order can be obtained to have the information corrected or even destroyed. Compensation may also be awarded.
In addition to having the right to correct their information, individuals can have the information an entity has on them for a fee. They can further expect the information will be utilised in a way, which would cause distress or damage or be used to market the company.
The rights and obligations set out in the Act are applicable in general. Therefore there are certain exemptions stated in the Act to provide for unique circumstances. National security, crime and taxation and domestic purposes are a few examples of the exceptions to data protection laws.