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Data Protection Office

Teens Corner


 

                             
Tips to protect your personal information
                     
                
Questions and answers that may concern you!
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Hi Teens!

Welcome to your space designed with the aim of assisting you to protect your personal information.

You surely share some of your personal information every day with other people, for example your name, address or date of birth. Exercising some caution whilst giving away these information, will help you prevent them from falling into wrong hands. It will also help you reduce the chances of receiving spam or other unwanted marketing.
But you also need to know that information held about you is correct. If it’s not, it could cause problems. For example, you may be refused a job, benefits or credit, or even a place at the college or university you want to get into. In extreme cases, you could even become a potential victim of identity theft (that's when someone pretends to be you, and might try to do things like getting money out of your bank account, or signing up to things in your name) or be arrested for a crime you didn’t commit.

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know what information is held about you and sets out rules to make sure this information is handled properly. Among its other functions, the Data Protection Office enforces the provisions contained in the Data Protection Act. So, if you have a complaint about any aspect of data protection, we may be able to investigate and take action on your behalf.
 
We have developed this corner to help you understand more about your personal information rights. Please give us your comments, should you feel there is anything you can contribute to by emailing us on dpo@govmu.org.

 

Tips to protect your personal information

 

  • Check out the privacy settings of websites
  • Read the privacy policies and user agreements
  • keep passwords secret and change them often
  • Remember what you tell people online as this may affect your safety offline
  • Reality check – would you want your parents, teachers or employers to see your profile?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
The Data Protection Act
  
At a glance
·         The Act contains provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data.
·         Where services are offered directly to a child, any controller must ensure that its privacy notice is written in a clear, plain way so that a child can understand.
 
In Brief
1.  What rights do I have as a child?
·         You have the same rights as adults over your personal data.
·         You can exercise your own rights as long as you are competent to do so.
·         Where you are not considered to be competent, an adult with parental responsibility such as your parents (Mother or father) may exercise your rights on your behalf.
 
2.  Can I as a child provide consent to my school/college or other organisations?
If you are under 16 years old, you need to get consent from whoever holds parental responsibility for you else you may provide consent.
Other Important Information
Any website which collects information from you has to follow the Data Protection Act. Among other they must:
·         Keep your information safe
·         Keep it accurate and up to date not collect irrelevant information on you
·         Only keep it for as long as they need it
·         Only send it to countries that can promise to protect it in the same way that they have to and not use it in away you might not expect.