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Rehabilitation of offenders act

Privacy law is the law that deals with the protection and preservation of individual privacy right.

Currently I live in UK, so I will be discussing the privacy laws in UK.

Below are the specific protections for privacy that the UK Parliament provided (Leeds, 1997):

Consumer Credit Act 1974, sections 158-160: This helps in regulating the greater part of credit agreements. The regulating of credit agreements in this Act does not cover the followings: mortgages, loans secured on property, short term agreements and charge cards (What Consumer, 2008).

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974: This is a legislation that affects employment opportunities of ex-offenders which are those that have been convicted for criminal offence before and they have been reconvicted since then during a specific period which is known as rehabilitation period. This will wipe out their criminal records and during the time they want to fill any employment application form they have the right to say no that they have not been convicted before. This Act does not those that want to work with children and vulnerable adults; you need to disclose all your criminal records (Criminal Records Bureau, 2010).

Data Protection Act 1998: The main purpose of this Act is aim in protecting individuals against any possible misuse of information about them held by others. Data Protection Act 1998 contains eight principles that make the information of any individual to be handled properly. The principles stated that personal data should (Department of Health, 2009):

Interception of Communications Act 1985: This has to do with preventing the interception of your communication through the public or private telephone calls. This Act is governed under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Your Right, n.d.).

Protection from Harassment Act 1997: This type of legislation give you protection in your neighborhood area when there is disputes, any cases of racial harassment, you being bullied at work, when there is stalking, and relentless unnecessary telephone calls (Your Right, n.d.).

When you UK privacy laws with that Nigeria privacy laws, there is big gap in Nigeria data protection Act, the following are well noted (Akinsuyi, 2007):