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Data Protection Law in Guernsey turns one year old

The law has a set of 10 rights for Guernsey's citizens. Credit: Sebastian Gollnow/DPA/PA Images

Guernsey's Data Protection law has turned one year old with the authority overseeing it recommitting itself to ensuring Islander's rights are protected.

The law sets out ten rights for citizens and is regulated by the Office of Data Protection Authority. Here is the full list of them:

  • Right to information for personal data collected from data subject
  • Right of access
  • Right to object to processing for direct marketing purposes
  • Right to object to processing on grounds of public interest
  • Right to object to processing for historical or scientific purposes
  • Right to rectification
  • Right to erasure
  • Right to restriction of processing
  • Right not to be subject to decisions based on automated processing
  • Right to data portability

The Bailiwick's Data Protection Commissioner has said she is pleased that the issue has moved into the mainstream.

We are encouraged to see more organisations moving towards a state of enlightened compliance, where they understand and believe in the object of our local data protection law. This approach leads to much better outcomes for everyone, transforming compliance from a box-ticking exercise, to an environment that puts the human beings whose rights are at the heart of the legislation centre stage

– Emma Martins, the Bailiwick's Data Protection Commissioner

The ODPA says it can achieve its mission of providing high standards of data protection within the community through education and preventing poor handling of personal information.