This section provides general information on the relevant law relating to the use of administrative data for research purposes. You should read it in full to familiarise yourself with some of the important Acts and legislation. It in no way attempts to be definitive in its guidance and the information is not intended to be legal advice.
Please consult your legal department or data holding organisation if you are unsure about the legality, ethics, security or disclosure risk of the research you are conducting. The ADLS cannot be held responsible for any actions taken as a result of reading this section.
You may also wish to contact us for further information and advice relating to the law and administrative data.
Important guidance to read:
- » Legal provisions made under the Data Protection Act 1998 to enable the use of personal data for research purposes
- » Legal provisions made under the NHS Act 2006 to enable the use of patient identifiable data for research purposes
- » The processing of personal data within the EU: Directive 95/46
- » How personal data is protected under the Human Rights Act 1998
- » The use of personal data designated as ‘Official Statistics’
- » How the Common Law tort: Duty of Confidentiality offers protection to the disclosure of personal data
- » How to make a request for data under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and what is exempt