Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/10/ico_database_guidelines/

Info commissioner issues guidance on database trading

Data protection obligations

By OUT-LAW.COM

Posted in Media, 10th April 2006 09:27 GMT

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a guidance note advising businesses on how to comply with the Data Protection Act when buying and selling databases containing customers' confidential information.

The guidance is intended for use only when a database is sold because a business is insolvent, closing down, or being sold. In these circumstances the Data Protection Act does not prevent the sale of a database containing the details of individual customers, providing certain requirements are met.

The requirements:

The guidance does not cover the buying and selling of confidential information in other circumstances, where consent will usually be required.

"It is important that businesses buying or selling customer databases are aware of their data protection obligations," ICO senior guidance and promotion manager Dave Evans said. "This good practice note will help businesses understand what they need to do to ensure that personal information on the databases is sufficiently protected."

See: the guidance note (2 page/34KB PDF)

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