Guide to Data Protection Act for Data Controllers


Personal, family or household affairs

What is exempted?

This exemption applies to personal data processed by an individual only for the purposes of that individual’s personal, family or household affairs. The scope of the exemption is very narrow, like all exemptions. Any use of personal data by an organisation of any type will not fall under this exemption. The publication of information will also not fall under this exemption. 

What provisions in the DPA does the exemption relate to?

Under this exemption the personal data are exempt from:

  • all data protection principles;
  • Part 2 (rights of individuals); and
  • Part 3 (personal data breach notification). 

Relevant provisions

Data Protection Act (2021 Revision)

Section 26: Exemption relating to personal, family or household affairs                                                                               

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