The meaning of deletion

Guidance on compliance with the Data Protection Act in regard to not keeping personal data for longer than necessary has been provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office. It defines what is meant by deletion, archiving and putting personal information “beyond use”. The guidance is intended to address the problem where organisations inform people that their personal data has been deleted when it has merely been archived and could be re-used, and also to encourage them to put safeguards in place.

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