Are companies in the United Kingdom entitled to make data subject access requests, or is this right limited to non-companies such as individuals?

Which statute permits or prevents them from doing so?


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No. The Data Protection Act 1998 provides a 'Right of access to personal data' to "an individual". See Section 7, subsection 1.

Although the word 'person' can mean a company in a legal context, the word 'individual' does not.

  • Could you provide an exact citation in the act (section? paragraph?) and perhaps quote the sentence in context? This will ensure the claim can be checked and that the cited statute supports it.
    – user4657
    Jan 24, 2018 at 2:01
  • @Nij Done in an edit.
    – bdsl
    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:04
  • The sentence contains a list of four items with five sub-items, so I'm not going to quote it.
    – bdsl
    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:10

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