The current world values data more than oil. Companies that have structured themselves around data innovations are the most profitable and have a high net worth. This, therefore, poses a data security risk and also borders on violation of the privacy of individuals and companies. In the famous Cambridge Analytica case, numerous data violations were made and even countries’ sovereignty put at risk.

Here are the various data protection laws available in the UK to safeguard you.

Your Rights

As a citizen, you have an express right to know what data the government holds about you. You are also entitled to access your data, stop or restrict the processing of your data, be informed when an organization processes your data automatically and when other companies also profile your data either through behavior or otherwise.

Legal Obligation to Data Protection Officers

The officers responsible for data integrity have an obligation to notify commissioners of data of such data breaches. These notifications must include parties violated, the extent of the violation and remedial actions to prevent further violations. Data protection laws are critical in safeguarding online community, for instance, gamers at: Unibet sports, and other online recreational sites. Personal Data is also prohibited from any transfer outside the United Kingdom unless under express authority made from the Intelligence service Act.


Penalties vary depending on violations, court requests and laid down schedules. There standards such as the Standard Maximum Amount, higher maximum amount based on the size and nature of firms involved. A fine can go as high as 20 million Euros or 4% of annual turnover. These laws are put in place to ensure data from vulnerable users is protected and kept safe.


Data offenses are either violations of institutional databases or even personal data. Anyone who obtains personal data and further processes or bypasses the custodian of organization data is liable under the UK data protection Law of 2018.