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Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by Christopher Buxton, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Christopher Buxton

    Christopher Buxton
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    I am about to create a database that will list large volumes of personnal
    information regarding our customers. Information such as name, address,
    telephone number etc...

    I am not sure whether in the UK you need to get a license or register this
    type of database as it may also contain some medical information about the
    customers as we are a medial supplier.

    Could someone please inform me of my legal responsibilities in order to
    comply with British data protection laws. I know this is a little off topic
    for the discussion group but any help would be great.

    Regards

    Christopher Buxton
     
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  3. Jamie Collins

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    Christopher Buxton wrote:
    > Could someone please inform me of my legal responsibilities in order to
    > comply with British data protection laws.


    http://www.ico.gov.uk/

    Jamie.

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  4. Arvin Meyer [MVP]

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    Irrespective of the law, there is the question of protection of individual
    privacy. I would urge you to collect and store only the minimal amount of
    information necessary to run your business. Access security is relative.
    Being a file server type of database, its security can be breached by
    someone who is determined. I would urge you to maintain the data in an MSDE
    engine on a server instead of using JET.

    Here in the US, medical information is required to be protected, by law. I
    would assume that that protection level is even higher in Europe and the UK.
    --
    Arvin Meyer, MCP, MVP
    Microsoft Access
    Free Access downloads
    http://www.datastrat.com
    http://www.mvps.org/access

    "Christopher Buxton" <ChristopherBuxton@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message news:3ED51D6B-148C-41E1-A5C6-779E699A2F2F@microsoft.com...
    > I am about to create a database that will list large volumes of personnal
    > information regarding our customers. Information such as name, address,
    > telephone number etc...
    >
    > I am not sure whether in the UK you need to get a license or register this
    > type of database as it may also contain some medical information about the
    > customers as we are a medial supplier.
    >
    > Could someone please inform me of my legal responsibilities in order to
    > comply with British data protection laws. I know this is a little off

    topic
    > for the discussion group but any help would be great.
    >
    > Regards
    >
    > Christopher Buxton
     
  5. xRoachx

    xRoachx
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    The US laws referred to by Arvin are called HIPAA, which not only ecompasses
    protecting data but also releasing it. Having worked on State contracts for
    Medicaid and CHIP, I can tell you the laws are stringent. If this is an
    important part your business I would urge you to seek legal advice from a
    lawyer rather then the message boards.

    "Arvin Meyer [MVP]" wrote:

    > Irrespective of the law, there is the question of protection of individual
    > privacy. I would urge you to collect and store only the minimal amount of
    > information necessary to run your business. Access security is relative.
    > Being a file server type of database, its security can be breached by
    > someone who is determined. I would urge you to maintain the data in an MSDE
    > engine on a server instead of using JET.
    >
    > Here in the US, medical information is required to be protected, by law. I
    > would assume that that protection level is even higher in Europe and the UK.
    > --
    > Arvin Meyer, MCP, MVP
    > Microsoft Access
    > Free Access downloads
    > http://www.datastrat.com
    > http://www.mvps.org/access
    >
    > "Christopher Buxton" <ChristopherBuxton@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > message news:3ED51D6B-148C-41E1-A5C6-779E699A2F2F@microsoft.com...
    > > I am about to create a database that will list large volumes of personnal
    > > information regarding our customers. Information such as name, address,
    > > telephone number etc...
    > >
    > > I am not sure whether in the UK you need to get a license or register this
    > > type of database as it may also contain some medical information about the
    > > customers as we are a medial supplier.
    > >
    > > Could someone please inform me of my legal responsibilities in order to
    > > comply with British data protection laws. I know this is a little off

    > topic
    > > for the discussion group but any help would be great.
    > >
    > > Regards
    > >
    > > Christopher Buxton

    >
    >
    >
     

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