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Introduction to the Danish Data Protection Agency

The Act on Processing of Personal Data (Act No. 429 of 31 May 2000) entered into force on 1 July 2000.

The act implements Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.

Since the Act on Processing of Personal Data entered into force in 2000, the Act has been amended several times - most recently on July 1st 2007.

The act substitutes The Public Authorities' Registers Act and The Private Registers Act.

Read the English version of the Act on Processing of Personal Data.

Please notice that the English version of the act is translated for the Danish Data Protection Agency. The official version is published in "Lovtidende" (Official Journal) on 2 June 2000. Only the Danish version of the text has legal validity.

 
What does the Danish Data Protection Agency do to monitor the authorities, companies, etc.?
The Act on Processing of Personal Data is under the authority of the Danish Data Protection Agency; therefore, it is the agency’s duty to ensure that the law is abided by.

This duty is performed in part by providing guidance to and advising authorities, companies and citizens.

Through notifications and authorisations the Danish Data Protection Agency can control some of the more sensitive processing of personal data that is performed by authorities and companies.

In case of citizen complaints, the Danish Data Protection Agency can make decisions on whether certain processing is in accordance with the regulations of the Act on Processing of Personal Data.

The Danish Data Protection Agency can also take up cases of its own initiative – own-initiative cases – if, e.g. due to a citizen enquiry or newspaper article, the agency suspects a violation of the regulations of the Act on Processing of Personal Data.

The Danish Data Protection Agency issues criticism in its decisions if the controller has violated the regulations of the Act on Processing of Personal Data.

The Danish Data Protection Agency conducts an annual series of inspections of public authorities and private companies that have received the agency’s authorisation to process personal data. The Danish Data Protection Agency inspects whether the processing of data is carried out in accordance with the Act on Processing of Personal Data.

If the Danish Data Protection Agency discovers punishable violations of the Act on Processing of Personal Data in connection with handling a complaint or an inspection, the Danish Data Protection Agency is authorised to issue a ban or enforcement notice or report the violation to the police.

Persons domiciled abroad may also obtain assistance from The Danish Data Protection Agency (requests should preferably be made in Danish or English).

Contact the Danish Data Protection Agency.
 
Further information about contacting the Agency (in Danish).

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