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A member of our not-for-profit Photographic Society sent a

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A member of our not-for-profit Photographic Society sent a rude & quite abusive anonymous e-mail to a visiting judge following one of our club evenings. We asked the received to pass the internet header information from the e-mail back to us and by comparing it with member e-mails and log records on our own website, we have clearly identified the computer location concerned which is regularly used by only one of our members.

On asking the member concerned to explain his actions, he has accused us of contravening the Data Protection Act 1998. As we have not used any personal data in the analysis, I do not believe that we have.

Could somebody please confirm for us?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for your question, I will do whatever I can to help you. Please remember to rate my answer SMILEY FACE OR ABOVE.

I confirm you have not breached the Data Protection Act

However he is liable to an offence under the Communication Act if it was obscene or offensive.

But no, you have not breached the Act.

I hope this helps.




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Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes, it did - thank you; it reinforced my non-legal view that we are compliant. The piece of information that I'm missing is the on-liner that articulates "why?" in response to an accusation.


 


Is it because computer IP addresses are non-personal data and thus outside of the scope of the act?

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
Correct........................

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you; that helps very much.

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
Welcome