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The Act on Processing of Personal Data in brief

Some of the questions you can find answers to in the Act on Processing of Personal Data:


• May a private company register your civil identification number?
• May your employer monitor your use of the internet?
• May data about you be placed on the internet without your consent?
• May you be registered as a delinquent payer?


Public authorities and private companies, etc.
The Act on Processing of Personal Data sets the boundaries for how both public authorities and private companies, etc. must process personal data.

This applies in cases such as when public authorities and private companies, etc. collect and register data about citizens or customers.

Examples include:


• When you send tax data via the internet,
• when, in connection with the purchase of goods via the internet, you enter data about yourself,
• when a company or public authority wishes to control or monitor employee’s use of the internet, and
• when the municipality processes your application for sickness benefit.


The Act includes many specific rules that relate to processing of personal data.

A concrete assessment
Most of the rules in the Act on Processing of Personal Data are judgement-based, i.e. a concrete assessment of when the boundaries for what is permitted are violated.

Fact box

The Danish Act on Processing of Personal Data is our version of the data protection legislation that must be in place throughout the EU as required by the directive.