The Data Protection 6 Principles

The Data Protection 6 Principles

How important are the 6 principles of data protection? In this blog, we will discuss those principles and explain each of them in detail. Also, will provide you with what the data procession principle is.

What Does Data Protection Principle Mean?

The data protection principle is not a new term. It has been there throughout the history of data. The data protection principle was first introduced by Edward Snowden in the year 2013, in his book titled “No Place to Hide”. 

In this book, they revealed how the government agencies use the data to spy on people and how they are using it. Now we will tackle the 6 principles of data protection below.

1. Transparency Principle

The transparency principle is the first data protection principle. It means that you should be aware of the companies who are collecting your data and what they are going to use it for.

2. Purpose Limitation Principle

The second basic data protection principle is “Purpose Limitation”. In this principle, you should always know the purpose of using your data. Also, companies should need to use your data for specific purposes only. 

For example, if you are using a health app, then the company should not sell or share your data with anyone else.

3. Data Minimization Principle

The third basic principle of data protection is “Data Minimization”. Here, you should know how much and what kind of data do the companies need to collect from you and what kind of information do they collect? 

So this is an important question that needs a clear answer in every case. The companies need to inform you why they collect that much data and what they do with it. 

For example, if you are using a social network then they should inform you that they need to collect your personal information like age, gender, location, etc. It is to provide services to you and understand your requirements better.

4. Accuracy Principle

Next up comes the “Accuracy” principle of the Data Protection Law in India. That states that the company needs to ensure that the collected data is accurate and up to date at all times. 

They should also make sure that their customers can access true and correct information about themselves whenever needed by they. So if you have any doubt about your information.

Then you can request an update or correction from them anytime without any hesitation or cost involved on your part. 

5. Security Principle

The next principle of data protection law is the security principle. That states that companies should make sure that your personal information remains secure at all times during its storage and usage by them. 

To ensure this security companies should take various measures including but not limited to the following measures. They should have a proper security system in place. Also, make sure that every employee of that company is aware of the security system and how to maintain it. 

They should also make sure that your personal information is securely stored in the database. And also not just on someone’s hard drive or phone. 

6. Accountability Principle

The last data protection principle is Accountability. That states that the companies need to be held accountable for all the decisions they take regarding your data.

While using it or while using it to generate revenue or profits. The accountability principle states that companies should always be transparent and honest with their customers. 

When handling their data and should always provide them with all the information they need about their data.